Title: Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying MouseAuthor/illustrator: Torben Kuhlmann English text by: Suzanne Levesque Publisher: NorthSouth Books, Inc, 2014 Suitable for ages: 4-adult (It’s gorgeous!!!) Content: Although the story is fiction, Kuhlmann includes a few paragraphs about the history of aviation and Charles Lindbergh at the back of the book. There’s also a foreword by a curator from the U.S. National Air and Space Museum.
Oh my goodness, folks. You know how you can take one look at a book and fall in love at first sight? Well, it happened.
Lindbergh is a bookish little mouse who lives in a country across the sea. In fact, his curiosity leads him to disappear for months at a time to study great works of literature written by humans. When he returns, he finds his world completely changed. The mice that used to overrun his city have disappeared and been replaced by mechanical contraptions that threaten his existence.
Full disclosure: An illustration shows a mouse caught in one of these death traps, but it’s very—ah—tastefully depicted in sepia tones. No blood and guts. But if you’re Mike Allegra or have little ones who are not ready for Grimm’s Fairy Tales (the author is German, after all), you may want to put your hand over that page.
Now, back to our hero:
Terrified for his life, Lindbergh devises a plan to escape to America, only to be thwarted repeatedly in his efforts. But this plucky little rodent (that’s for you, Mike) won’t give up. He’s an inventor extraordinaire, a mouse da Vinci!
Will Lindbergh succeed?
You’ll need to pick up this lusciously illustrated book to find out. Think Steampunk meets Hugo Cabret’s visual feast! My son loved the detailed pictures of contraptions as well as the ominous cats and owls that stalk Lindbergh at every turn.
Who’s this mysterious debut author/illustrator? Kuhlmann has been interested in the history of aviation and mechanical contraptions since he was a wee spright. He’s now a 24-yr-old art school graduate who studied illustration and design at the University for Applied Sciences in Hamburg. This book is his senior project.
This young punk is brilliant! He reimagines the spark that inspired Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic, then brings his idea to life in this book. And the rest, they say, is history.
You can see more of Kuhlman’s work at his website: Torben Kuhlmann(Amazon provides a large sampling of illustrations from the book. But please order from an independent bookstore if you have that option.) This post is in response to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Fridays.