Troubador Merve the Forgetful Mouse

Released: 28/07/2020

ISBN: 9781838594497

eISBN: 9781838595906

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Merve the Forgetful Mouse


Merve, the mouse, is very forgetful. 

He loves to run about the house that he lives in, but it takes him ages to find his way back to his nest in the attic. 

Will his Mummy and Daddy ever find him if he gets lost?  

Will he frighten Miss Sillyfog, the owner of the house? 

Will he get caught by Marmite the dog or Marmalade the cat? 

 What can he do to find his way back safely?

Following the launch of 'Merve the Forgetful Mouse' I had an interview on Spin and Chat radio. Great fun. Articles in two local papers plus 3 local village magazines also helped to spread the word.

Merve is a forgetful mouse who can't find his way home. It becomes an adventure when dog and cat. I thought this was a cute story, and i loved the use of color in the text.

by NetGalley review

I love books like these. They make me want to be a child all over again and enjoy it even more. I love the art style in this one. I think it's fun yet very simple, which makes it fun and fast to read for the reader. The age group is definitely young because of the way it's written, and it's clear by the words used that this is not for older readers which I can appreciate, since I have too read children's books where there were words that I didn't even understand, let alone a child who is 6. Anyhow that wasn't the case in this one which I was very happy about.

The story itself was very fun. The mouse Merve has trouble finding his way back home because he's simply just so forgetful. And you read about what he experience on his way back. Simple story, but yet very enjoyable.

by Jolien

Merve the mouse lives with his parents in Miss Sillyfog's attic, along with her cat and dog. He is an adventurous mouse who loves to explore, but has trouble finding his way back to the attic at the end of the day. To avoid being caught by the other inhabitants of the house, Merve curls up into a tiny ball.. When Merve's mum calls to him, he hurries toward her voice, running through an open paint tray, leaving footprints leading to the attic. When his mum asks how Merve will learn to find his way home, he tells her that he will follow the footprints leading him home.

Verdict: I would purchase this book for KN-2nd grade classrooms to add to the leveled reading baskets. It has repetitive high frequency sight words and words with basic phonetic rules. This is a fun book for children that are developing their reading skills.

by Tina Athaide

This has a very different look to it compared with the majority of books aimed at this age group. Rather than big, bold, colorful illustrations, it goes for a simple, understated approach, with lots of white space and greater focus on the text, which is minimal and presented in a variety of fonts and sizes. This actually works quite well as it forces children to look at the words, some of which they'll be starting to recognize.

The story is sweet and easy for preschoolers to understand. It is told in rhyme but is not rhythmic. This is disappointing, as it means that the narrative loses its momentum when being read aloud. There is some lovely alliteration and onomatopoeia, though, as well as some interesting verbs and adjectives to promote vocabulary development.

I was concerned that my grandsons, aged 3 and 4, wouldn't find this book appealing because of its appearance, but I couldn't have been more wrong. They happily sat and looked at the digital version with me and seemed absolutely enchanted by Merve and his adventures. I would seriously consider buying the physical book to add to their growing library.

by NetGalley review

This book is a fun and easy read for young pre-school and nursery children. It is written largely in rhyming couplets this book uses colourful text and different sized fonts to its advantage to create a memorable and heart-warming tale of Merve the Forgetful Mouse and how he forgets his way home. The illustrations are simple black and white drawings with a minimal colour palette that is fun and grabs the reader’s attention.

A good use of repetition and contains useful sight words that will encourage emerging readers.

by NetGalley review

This book is just all round brilliant. My children are aged 2-5 years and this tale had them in fits of giggles. It rhymes well and had a great story line for pre-school ages.

by NetGalley review

Art work is very well done! Read the story sitting with my granddaughter and her attentiveness to the story is all you need to know its a book needed in our local library. Fun, simple and written in a way easy for children to understand.

by NetGalley review

June Linscott

I am married with one son, Barnaby, who is married to Becci. I have a granddaughter called Emily.

Living in Lavenham, Suffolk, I enjoy reading, writing, and - up to March this year - walking our dog whom I miss very much. The house seems so quiet without him. Now retired from teaching nursery school aged children I enjoy writing stories for that age group.

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