Since its publication in April of this year, Riikka Jäntti’s The Mercurial Mouse (Tammi 2015) has delighted kids, parents and critics alike.
The picture book, narrating the ordinary day of a toddler mouse who doesn’t always behave as his mommy would wish, is drawing praise for its classic feel and relatability; many reading the book to their little ones have experienced days very similar to this.
An upcoming sequel to The Mercurial Mouse will show Little Mouse wanting to do everything on his own.
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“Riikka Jäntti has created an easily relatable work that will surely captivate both children and their parents. The illustrations are charming, detailed in their simplicity and, most importantly, cozy and inviting…this will be a favorite for many children.”
– Kirjakaapin avain (“Book Cabinet Key”) literature blog, Finland
“In its simplicity and familiarity this breezy children’s book inspired many nods and murmurs of recognition – at least in us grown-up readers. The book depicts the day of a little mouse, and includes plenty of moments familiar to parents of toddlers; moments in which a child doesn’t want to do something or wants to do things on his or her own.”
– Luetaanko tämä? (“Shall we Read This?”) children’s literature blog, Finland
Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author whose works incorporate pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. She has illustrated both fiction and nonfiction books for children. Beyond Finland her works have been published in Swedish, Danish, Japanese and Chinese. Her accolades include the 2009 Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile nonfiction.
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
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