Review: Mighty Melvin the Magnificent Mouse

Posted on February 15, 2017



Mighty Melvin the Magnificent Mouse
By Trevor Newland
Mosaic Press
September 2016
64 pages

In a world full of Biggies and Smallies, Melvin the bespectacled mouse is a Smally who thinks he’s a Biggy because he isn’t afraid of anything. Melvin decides to take his magnificence to the circus in order to find the Biggest Biggy. After an exhaustive, yet thoroughly entertaining, search of all things circus Melvin decides that he is the Biggest of the Biggies. That is, until he comes face-to-face with Elias the Elephant. Everyone knows that elephants are afraid of mice – except Melvin. Hilarious pandemonium ensues in the delightful circular style reminiscent of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Newland uses his trademark exaggerated facial features and contorted torsos to introduce lovable Melvin the mouse in all his humorous hubris. Likewise Newland’s comedic artistry showcases the outlandish oddities and freakishness of the circus that are just too funny for words. Mighty Melvin the Magnificent Mouse sends up a new twist on a familiar formula that will have readers rolling on the floor with laughter.

Copyright (c) 2017 by Peggy Tibbetts

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