From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Captain Oliver, weather-wise pirate mouse, and his agreeable wife, Rosie, are blown off course and must scuttle their plans to steal grain. When they decide to drop anchor and grow their own, the nearby villagers are concerned about the pirates proximity. When another storm blows in, the ship saves the tiny villagers from certain death, and the newcomers become friends with the locals. Krupinskis city mouse/country mouse story is brought to life via paintings rich in detail and color, with charmingly dressed mice as the main characters. However, there is an agricultural problem with the illustrations: on one page, the text says the mice are trying to keep crows and rabbits out of their corn, but they are shown in a field of mature wheat. Still, this gentle story of community and friendship, combined with Olivers weather folklore, will find an audience.–Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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PreS-Gr. 2. When the pirate ship Daisy
is caught in a furious storm and blown upriver, Captain Oliver and First Mate Rosie, who happen to be mice, scuttle plans to raid warehouses for grain in favor of planting their fortune: "We can grow our own corn and grain." They settle in the small village of Mousam, where Captain Oliver trades his sash and plumed tricorn chapeau for overalls and a straw hat. When another storm threatens to drown all of Mousam, Captain and Rosie rescue all the mice, discovering that real treasure isn't gold or grain but friends. Seven weather adages are cleverly worked into the narrative ("No weather is ill if the wind be still"), and witty, meticulously rendered gouache illustrations, surrounded by nautical-themed borders, animate the fetchingly attired mice, showing every tiny detail of their fur. Captain and Rosie are adorable mouse pirates, who turn the tide by using their seafaring skills to help others. A list of weather proverbs concludes. The artwork here is an absolute delight. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved