I received an advanced reader's copy of Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry back in early January. I am appalled at how long it has taken me to get to this wonderful book, but shortly after receiving the galley, I had two surgeries. The galley got pushed aside in all the recovery and follow up.
Lois Lowery is perhaps best known for her serious novels: The Giver and Number the Stars - for which she won Newbery Awards. However, she makes the transition to animal stories with ease. This is a delightful story about overcoming dangers and appreciating all animals great and small.. While there is a significant religious connection, it is not overpowering and will not put off those of a more secular nature. Lowry has created likable characters that will delight readers. These mice are more like Laura Numeroff's popular school attending picture book mouse than the rodents that generally make humans squeal with disgust. Hildegarde is a clever and hardworking character and will have readers rooting for her success against the Great X. Illustrator Eric Rohmann's wonderful pencil drawings help make the mice even more charming..
Amazon lists the reading level as 9 - 12, which sounds just right. It was also make a great read aloud for 2nd grade classrooms.
This a must read for fans of Lois Lowry and animals stories in general.
Mrs. Archer's Rating: 5 of 5.