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'Mike the Mouse' Book Review: A Story for Children by a 7-Year Old

Updated on November 29, 2018
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Initial Publication

‘Mike the Mouse’ is written and illustrated by Soraia Fernandes, aged 7. She has always loved to write and draw and was keen to take part in a competition arranged by her primary school in conjunction with a children’s publisher, Peachick Books, encouraging children to write for children. This was her first attempt at publishing a story.


Weeks of Waiting

Not for one moment expecting to win, but impatient to find out who had, she said,

‘I wonder when we’ll find out who won. Even if it isn’t me, I’d like to read the story which does win.’

Within a week of that, she was overwhelmed with surprise when, at a school assembly, the winner was revealed and two copies of the completed book were awarded, one to her and one to the school. Although daunted at the time by her sudden ‘fame’ and being asked to sign the copies, she is proud of her achievement and looking forward to any sales which might ensue.


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Charming Story

Mike was a young mouse who lived in a field. In the nest with him were his parents, a sister and a baby brother. It was important for the oldest ones to take turns at night to be on the lookout for danger.

When it was Mike’s turn, he became bored and thought it would be fun to pretend there was a cat approaching the nest. The result of his continued pretence made sure that he learnt his lesson never to lie again.


Style

The writing style is light and fun, guaranteed to delight any child or adult reading it or being read to. It contains danger, creating suspense. There is a small amount of text on each page with a variety of fonts to match the dialogue. This makes for ease of reading and creates a steady pace from page to page.

Repetition of some phrases at each progression of the story encourages the reader to predict and feel part of the story. It also gives an opportunity for younger ones to recognise some words and appreciate the rhythm of the narrative.

There is a wide variety of vocabulary, adding colour and humour, but nothing too difficult for the average young reader to decipher.


Relationships

The story deals with family relationships, the hierarchy of family, how the parents protect the young and how they all rely on each other for safety. It portrays quick thinking and bravery. Mike’s reaction to what happens and his realisation that he’s been naughty reflects a lesson well learnt.


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Lesson Learnt

This teaches that it’s not good to lie, by giving a gentle example of what can happen when one does. It shows how other people can be hurt by something which starts out as an innocent prank; a good example to young children.


Illustrations

The drawings are fun. They include details which add humour as well as information. It’s a good idea for children to be able to discuss what’s on the page; what the characters look like, what they are wearing, what they do and how they think.

Just for fun, Miss Fernandes gives the reader an extra task. We have to find two of the characters hiding on separate pages. This challenge is given before the story starts, an excellent way of encouraging someone to read, cleverly providing a purpose to lead them into the story.


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Critique

This is a charming and humorous story with a presentation oozing fun and colour. It is short, excellent for a bedtime story, and would make the perfect birthday or Christmas present to anyone from the age of 2 years upwards.

As a writer and retired teacher, I find it encouraging that schools are giving younger pupils the opportunity to become writers, thus promoting the value of choosing appropriate words to express fresh ideas.

I agree with the publishers' words on the inside back cover,

"You are never too young to be an author…. let your imagination come to life in a real book!"

The age of the author is apparent from the start. If children see that another child has achieved this, then they might be encouraged to write down all those imaginative ideas whizzing around inside their heads. After all, the younger an author begins, the longer they have to practise and perfect their art and, who knows, a future best-seller could be in the making…..


Young Author

Author Soraia Fernandes
Author Soraia Fernandes

References

‘Mike the Mouse’, written and illustrated by Soraia Fernandes

Publisher: Peachick Books at http://www.peahenpublishing.com/self-published-childrens-books-detail.php?Mike-the-Mouse-19

ISBN: 978-1-9999016-8-4

available from 1st December 2018


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    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      RTalloni: Thank you for such a lovely comment and for going to have a look.

      Yes, it still means a lot to her (and me!) and she is writing more... Watch this space!

      Good to see you today.

      Ann

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      RTalloni 

      2 months ago from the short journey

      Oh, oh, oh! You must still be smiling from the inside out about your granddaughter's work on this book! Yes, happy for her creativity, and win, but ecstatic over what it means for her. I will smile every time I think of it. Thank you for the introduction. Am definitely going to the link now.

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Thanks Flourish. She's currently in Portugal visiting grandparents and scheduled for a book signing there! How cool is that!

      Thanks for reading and for your valuable input.

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      I missed this when my notifications were messed up so I’m going back to try to catch anything I missed. It’s so important to encourage young writers to practice their craft and share their stories with the world. This sounds like a cute little story!

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Nell. Yes she is very proud.

      It's great to help children read, at any age. I've taught dyslexics too and many love reading which surprises a few people.

      I love books of any kind and spend much time reading. I think that helps us write.

      Ann

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      Nell Rose 

      6 months ago from England

      What a fabulous idea of the school to do that! And she must be so proud, amazing! I have read to children at school and taught Kumon after school for a couple of years. I loved it, and I could definitely see which children had the aptitude to become good writers there

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you Nithya, for such a lovely comment. I too believe that she will go on to write more good stories.

      Ann

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 months ago from Dubai

      She is a talented, creative writer who will become a famous author someday in the future. The story and the illustration of Mike the Mouse on the cover page is sweet and children will love the book. Thank you for introducing me to Soraia Fernandes.

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you Britta! You obviously encourage young children too. What fun that sounds! Glad you liked this.

      Ann

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      Britta Nicole Miller 

      6 months ago from Earth

      My sister has five kids. They range between the ages of two and eight, and they're creative little things. They like to write, to a degree, but they are all artistic in some manner. I do a lot of acrylic pours, and three of them sat and helped me prepare the paint last night. It took about an hour to get everything ready for the actual flip onto the canvas, and they sat and helped (the ages of the three was 7, 5, and 4 - ages not known for their patience). It was an interesting event, and they all liked the end results of the painting.

      My niece did want to throw glitter on them, however.

      The baby, she likes to draw with markers. As well as a baby can draw, anyway. The kids also have a habit of sitting next to me as I work on the computer, asking dozens of questions over what I'm writing, why I'm writing it, and how I know what to write.

      It's always a great deal of fun seeing how a child is able to put pieces together in a clear and logical way. Sometimes I wonder how they do it before remembering adults had done the same, once upon a time.

      Thanks for the article! It's nice to see kids making stories.

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Dora, for such a lovely comment. It is great that young writers are given such incentives.

      Ann

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Hooray to the young author and to the publishers who encourage this noble effort. The story plot seems interesting enough to appeal to adults. Thanks for the review.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      The joys of retirement. I still work some, but right now enjoying the charm and vibrancy of the Neckar river in Heidelberg.

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thanks manatita. Sunshine and time with the grandchildren today.

      Ann

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      Cute and charming story. Ever the imaginative Spirit, I began by thinking it was your own daughter with an alias. Lol.

      Yes. Some children are quite clever and good at drawings too. Pretty and innocent- looking girl who should go far.

      My own daughter's English is flawless and she too writes children's stories. She read with older children since she was five years old. Enjoy your retirement and your Monday also. Hope the weather is good. Peace.

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Jackie! That's sweet of you and I appreciate your support at hubpages.

      Ann

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh, sure, was not remembering those stories of yours! I would have known better. Well, an early Merry Christmas!

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      No Thanksgiving here Jackie, but I had a good Thursday nonetheless, thank you! All systems go up to Christmas now!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you Kashaf.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you Linda. Glad you like the look of it.

      Ann

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      Kashaf Ghaffar 

      6 months ago

      Wow fantastic

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a lovely book. The story and the illustrations sound charming. Thank you for sharing the information about the writer and her work, Ann.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you Ann! Hope you have/had one too!

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thanks for your comment Liz. Yes, I remember being an avid writer at that age; the imagination is best, I think, up to about 11, then we become distracted by secondary education!

      Ann

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 months ago from UK

      This is an inspiring review. I remember being encouraged to write at school. The author is at a great age for having an active imagination to draw upon.

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Jackie! You have a point there!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you.

      Ann

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Very good, Eric! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

      Ann

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      If Hubpages hadn't been so pushy for all those words we may have many became famous! Just kidding. Great little story.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just gobble up inspiration from children. (note the "gobble up on our Thanksgiving -aka Turkey day :-)

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Eric. What a great idea to have your 30 minute a day choice. Thanks for such great input.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Hello bill! Yes, wouldn't that be great? It wouldn't surprise me at all. She has such concentration and patience for one so young.

      Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Mary, thank you very much. That's wonderful if this inspires another child to write too. You never know unless you try!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Pamela, for your lovely comment. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here but I hope your day is a wonderful one.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This will be on our "you choose" thirty minute a day reading. I get to choose sometimes. Marvelous story to inspire.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well isn't she adorable? I love her love of writing at such a tender age. If I live long enough, perhaps I'll read about her Pulitzer one day. :)

      Wishing you a brilliant weekend, Ann! Thank you for introducing us to such a charming and talented young woman.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is truly an amazing story which I will share with our neighbour's child who loves to write ever since she was a child. Maybe, this will inspire her to create her own book.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is heartwarming story of this young lady. It is so interesting that a child of 7 is actually thinking on many levels and able to incorporated them in a book with animals.

      Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Hi Chris! Great to hear from you and thanks for the kind words. Yes, she's hoping she might manage to sell a few, which would be a huge boost to her confidence.

      Hope you're well. Best wishes,

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 

      6 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      Ann, nice job on this hub. After reading your article about the book by Soraia, I feel confident that it would be a good gift for any child. This is especially helpful with Christmas coming up soon.

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