Synopses & Reviews
One Saturday morning, the Mouse brothers set off in search of adventure. They were very happy: the big one, the middle-sized one, and the little one. Next to the path, they saw something glittering, like a little piece of the sun. It was a little golden key. But what did it open?
Sometimes we look far and wide and miss the most important thing; whatand#8217;s so near, and within each and every one of us.
In this sweet natured story when three unnamed mouse brothers discover a key in the woods they take turns guessing what it might open. The “littlest” mouse who first spotted the key thinking it was a “little piece of sun that’s fallen onto the ground” imagines that it unlocks a chest of pirate treasure. After some digging the mice find a buried chest—pretty impressive!—but the key doesn’t open it. The “middle sized” mouse guesses it must open a castle while the “biggest” one thinks it’s the key to happiness. Aliaga (Dorothy: A Different Kind of Friend) uses direct sentences and repeating phrases to give the story a gentle cadence that’s well suited to readalouds. Padrón’s marbled and canvas textures create an almost three dimensional world for the mice to explore one with chunks of cheese tucked into tree branches and keyholes in everything from rocks to giant apples. A tidy ending reveals where the key belongs (hint: Mom looks relieved to see it) and proves all three brothers’ guesses to be right in a way. A Spanish language version will be released simultaneously. Ages 3–up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
is an award-winning Spanish author who has published more than 30 books for children, including Cuento de Luzand#8217;s A Nighttime Story
Dani Padrand#243;n was born in Ourense, Spain. He started his career as an illustrator in 2011, after winning the and#147;Pura e Dora Vand#225;zquezand#8221; Award for the illustrations of his first book. Since then, he has published several books. His work for and#147;Pan de milloand#8221; was selected to participate at the 2015 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava.