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Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouseby Torben Kuhlmann
Synopses & Reviews
"In a project that seamlessly blends elements of a picture book, comic, and novel, gifted newcomer Kuhlmann imagines that the world's first transatlantic flight was made not by Charles Lindbergh, but by an intrepid German mouse flying in the opposite direction, starting from Hamburg. Driven to desperation by the deaths of many of his compatriots in newly invented mousetraps, the mouse decides to head for America: 'A huge statue greeted all who arrive there, whether human or mouse.' Squads of guardian cats rule out ship journeys, and the mouse begins experimenting with flying machines. Kuhlmann makes every detail of the mouse's endeavor look and sound delightfully plausible, from his da Vinci — like working sketches to his plan to hoist his plane to the top of a tower by attaching it to the gears of the tower's clock. The fragility of his machine and the owls that watch him like sentinels at every step give the story constant tension: the owls' golden eyes are painted with eerie menace. It's all terrific entertainment, and the fame Kuhlmann imagines for the mouse when he finally succeeds ('The Transatlantic Rodent Hero' trumpets a billboard) inspires a future famous aviator — or so Kuhlmann claims. An exceptionally fine debut. Ages 4 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.
These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!
Debut illustrator Torben Kuhlmanns inventive tale and stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers—young and old—with the death-defying feats of this courageous young mouse.
About the Author
Torben Kuhlmann was born in Germany. Creative as a child, small airplanes, strange machines and steaming railways made their way into his drawings and later into his acrylic and oil paintings. He studied illustration and design at the University for Applied Sciences in Hamburg. He works as a freelance illustrator. Lindbergh - The Adventurous Tale of a Flying Mouse is his first children's book.
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