Mr. Postmouse has loaded up his wagon and is ready to deliver the mail. From the lofty heights of the Birds’ tree houses to the inky depths of Mrs. Octopus’s ship, the intrepid letter carrier lets nothing stand in the way of his deliveries. Each spread features whimsically detailed interiors of creatures’ homes, which readers will pore over for delightful surprises. This is a charming introduction to the postal system and an imaginative survey of different types of homes.
In a story that, like Richard Scarry's work, offers an abundance of curiosity-piquing domestic details to consider, readers follow a small mouse postal carrier making his rounds. A gentle silliness pervades Dubuc's (The Bus Ride) tidily drafted cartoons, but coy references to fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and animal biology are also apparent. A cutaway view of Mr. Bear's home reveals a rooftop beehive and a calendar that appears to be counting down until hibernation time. And is that Goldilocks he's enjoying porridge with? Mr. Snake's skinny dwelling stretches across five pages, with heat lamps hanging throughout, hinting at his ectothermic nature. (Also, he evidently has swallowed an automobile.) Underground homes belonging to Mrs. Mole, an ant colony, and the Rabbits reveal burrows filled with digging implements, sweet treats, and bunk beds. There's some understated humor in Dubuc's captionlike text "This one is a bit worrying," she says of the package delivered to a chicken coop (a fox's snout, feet, and tail poke out from the box) but it's the sweetly and smartly imagined details of her animal neighborhood that make the story so delightful. Ages 3 7.