The story is an old one. A lion spares a mouse who, in return, promises to return the favor. The lion scoffs at the usefulness of a mouse until he is caught in hunters’ net. The mouse chews through the ropes and frees the lion.
The retelling of the story in Broom and Noj’s version is not the main attraction. Their creativity shows in the illustrations which includes cutouts that appear as flower petals on one page and footprints on the next. The spot on the butterfly turns into the eye of the lion. This along with vibrant colors and big close up drawings makes it a fun read.
Review by Duffy Batzer
The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom, Illustrated by Nahta Nój; Templar; c2014