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Review of 'Mike the Mouse', a Story for Children Written by a 7-Year Old

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I love to read and am enthusiastic about recommending any book I consider a great read. Fiction or non-fiction, it must be well written.

Initial Publication

‘Mike the Mouse’ was written and illustrated by Soraia Fernandes, aged 7. She has always loved to write and draw and was keen to take part in a competition arranged by her primary school in conjunction with a children’s publisher, Peachick Books, encouraging children to write for children. This was her first attempt at publishing a story.


Weeks of Waiting

Not for one moment expecting to win, but impatient to find out who had, she said,

‘I wonder when we’ll find out who won. Even if it isn’t me, I’d like to read the story which does win.’

Within a week of that, she was overwhelmed with surprise when, at a school assembly, the winner was revealed and two copies of the completed book were awarded, one to her and one to the school. Although daunted at the time by her sudden ‘fame’ and being asked to sign the copies, she is proud of her achievement and looking forward to any sales which might ensue.


Presentation Copy

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Charming Story

Mike was a young mouse who lived in a field. In the nest with him were his parents, a sister and a baby brother. It was important for the oldest ones to take turns at night to be on the lookout for danger.

When it was Mike’s turn, he became bored and thought it would be fun to pretend there was a cat approaching the nest. The result of his continued pretence made sure that he learnt his lesson never to lie again.


Style

The writing style is light and fun, guaranteed to delight any child or adult reading it or being read to. It contains danger, creating suspense. There is a small amount of text on each page with a variety of fonts to match the dialogue. This makes for ease of reading and creates a steady pace from page to page.

Repetition of some phrases at each progression of the story encourages the reader to predict and feel part of the story. It also gives an opportunity for younger ones to recognise some words and appreciate the rhythm of the narrative.

There is a wide variety of vocabulary, adding colour and humour, but nothing too difficult for the average young reader to decipher.


Relationships

The story deals with family relationships, the hierarchy of family, how the parents protect the young and how they all rely on each other for safety. It portrays quick thinking and bravery. Mike’s reaction to what happens and his realisation that he’s been naughty reflects a lesson well learnt.


Story

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Lesson Learnt

This teaches that it’s not good to lie, by giving a gentle example of what can happen when one does. It shows how other people can be hurt by something which starts out as an innocent prank; a good example to young children.


Illustrations

The drawings are fun. They include details which add humour as well as information. It’s a good idea for children to be able to discuss what’s on the page; what the characters look like, what they are wearing, what they do and how they think.

Just for fun, Miss Fernandes gives the reader an extra task. We have to find two of the characters hiding on separate pages. This challenge is given before the story starts, an excellent way of encouraging someone to read, cleverly providing a purpose to lead them into the story.


Critique

This is a charming and humorous story with a presentation oozing fun and colour. It is short, excellent for a bedtime story, and would make the perfect birthday or Christmas present to anyone from the age of 2 years upwards.

As a writer and retired teacher, I find it encouraging that schools are giving younger pupils the opportunity to become writers, thus promoting the value of choosing appropriate words to express fresh ideas.

I agree with the publishers' words on the inside back cover,

"You are never too young to be an author…. let your imagination come to life in a real book!"

The age of the author is apparent from the start. If children see that another child has achieved this, then they might be encouraged to write down all those imaginative ideas whizzing around inside their heads. After all, the younger an author begins, the longer they have to practise and perfect their art and, who knows, a future best-seller could be in the making…..


Young Author

Author Soraia Fernandes

Author Soraia Fernandes

References

‘Mike the Mouse’, written and illustrated by Soraia Fernandes

Publisher: Peachick Books at http://www.peahenpublishing.com/self-published-childrens-books-detail.php?Mike-the-Mouse-19

ISBN: 978-1-9999016-8-4

available from 1st December 2018


© 2018 Ann Carr

Comments

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 06, 2020:

Yes, she is keen on writing and has entered quite a few competitions since. We have one here sponsored by Radio 2, called 500 words. It is so popular that there are thousands of children contributing.

Ann

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2020:

The school that promoted the idea of a child authoring a children's book is brilliant. It would seem that Soraia Fernandes is well on her way to accomplishing much in life if this is just the beginning. You have me smiling. Thanks!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 01, 2019:

Thank you for your comments, Denise. Yes, it's always great to encourage such young talent. I appreciate your visit.

Ann

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 27, 2019:

This is wonderful encouragement. I've purchased books by children before and was always pleased that I was helping them in some small way. Thanks for bringing this author and future illustrator to our attention.

Blessings,

Denise

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2019:

RTalloni: Thank you for such a lovely comment and for going to have a look.

Yes, it still means a lot to her (and me!) and she is writing more... Watch this space!

Good to see you today.

Ann

RTalloni on April 04, 2019:

Oh, oh, oh! You must still be smiling from the inside out about your granddaughter's work on this book! Yes, happy for her creativity, and win, but ecstatic over what it means for her. I will smile every time I think of it. Thank you for the introduction. Am definitely going to the link now.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 31, 2018:

Thanks Flourish. She's currently in Portugal visiting grandparents and scheduled for a book signing there! How cool is that!

Thanks for reading and for your valuable input.

Ann

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 31, 2018:

I missed this when my notifications were messed up so I’m going back to try to catch anything I missed. It’s so important to encourage young writers to practice their craft and share their stories with the world. This sounds like a cute little story!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 06, 2018:

Thank you, Nell. Yes she is very proud.

It's great to help children read, at any age. I've taught dyslexics too and many love reading which surprises a few people.

I love books of any kind and spend much time reading. I think that helps us write.

Ann

Nell Rose from England on December 06, 2018:

What a fabulous idea of the school to do that! And she must be so proud, amazing! I have read to children at school and taught Kumon after school for a couple of years. I loved it, and I could definitely see which children had the aptitude to become good writers there

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 02, 2018:

Thank you Nithya, for such a lovely comment. I too believe that she will go on to write more good stories.

Ann

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 02, 2018:

She is a talented, creative writer who will become a famous author someday in the future. The story and the illustration of Mike the Mouse on the cover page is sweet and children will love the book. Thank you for introducing me to Soraia Fernandes.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 30, 2018:

Thank you Britta! You obviously encourage young children too. What fun that sounds! Glad you liked this.

Ann

Britta Nicole Miller from Earth on November 30, 2018:

My sister has five kids. They range between the ages of two and eight, and they're creative little things. They like to write, to a degree, but they are all artistic in some manner. I do a lot of acrylic pours, and three of them sat and helped me prepare the paint last night. It took about an hour to get everything ready for the actual flip onto the canvas, and they sat and helped (the ages of the three was 7, 5, and 4 - ages not known for their patience). It was an interesting event, and they all liked the end results of the painting.

My niece did want to throw glitter on them, however.

The baby, she likes to draw with markers. As well as a baby can draw, anyway. The kids also have a habit of sitting next to me as I work on the computer, asking dozens of questions over what I'm writing, why I'm writing it, and how I know what to write.

It's always a great deal of fun seeing how a child is able to put pieces together in a clear and logical way. Sometimes I wonder how they do it before remembering adults had done the same, once upon a time.

Thanks for the article! It's nice to see kids making stories.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 26, 2018:

Thank you, Dora, for such a lovely comment. It is great that young writers are given such incentives.

Ann

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 26, 2018:

Hooray to the young author and to the publishers who encourage this noble effort. The story plot seems interesting enough to appeal to adults. Thanks for the review.

manatita44 from london on November 26, 2018:

The joys of retirement. I still work some, but right now enjoying the charm and vibrancy of the Neckar river in Heidelberg.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 26, 2018:

Thanks manatita. Sunshine and time with the grandchildren today.

Ann

manatita44 from london on November 26, 2018:

Cute and charming story. Ever the imaginative Spirit, I began by thinking it was your own daughter with an alias. Lol.

Yes. Some children are quite clever and good at drawings too. Pretty and innocent- looking girl who should go far.

My own daughter's English is flawless and she too writes children's stories. She read with older children since she was five years old. Enjoy your retirement and your Monday also. Hope the weather is good. Peace.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 23, 2018:

Thank you, Jackie! That's sweet of you and I appreciate your support at hubpages.

Ann

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 23, 2018:

Oh, sure, was not remembering those stories of yours! I would have known better. Well, an early Merry Christmas!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 23, 2018:

No Thanksgiving here Jackie, but I had a good Thursday nonetheless, thank you! All systems go up to Christmas now!

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 23, 2018:

Thank you Kashaf.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 23, 2018:

Thank you Linda. Glad you like the look of it.

Ann

Kashaf Ghaffar on November 22, 2018:

Wow fantastic

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 22, 2018:

This sounds like a lovely book. The story and the illustrations sound charming. Thank you for sharing the information about the writer and her work, Ann.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 22, 2018:

Thank you Ann! Hope you have/had one too!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Thanks for your comment Liz. Yes, I remember being an avid writer at that age; the imagination is best, I think, up to about 11, then we become distracted by secondary education!

Ann

Liz Westwood from UK on November 22, 2018:

This is an inspiring review. I remember being encouraged to write at school. The author is at a great age for having an active imagination to draw upon.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Thanks, Jackie! You have a point there!

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Very good, Eric! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Ann

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 22, 2018:

If Hubpages hadn't been so pushy for all those words we may have many became famous! Just kidding. Great little story.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 22, 2018:

I just gobble up inspiration from children. (note the "gobble up on our Thanksgiving -aka Turkey day :-)

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Thank you, Eric. What a great idea to have your 30 minute a day choice. Thanks for such great input.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Hello bill! Yes, wouldn't that be great? It wouldn't surprise me at all. She has such concentration and patience for one so young.

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Mary, thank you very much. That's wonderful if this inspires another child to write too. You never know unless you try!

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Thank you, Pamela, for your lovely comment. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here but I hope your day is a wonderful one.

Ann

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 22, 2018:

This will be on our "you choose" thirty minute a day reading. I get to choose sometimes. Marvelous story to inspire.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2018:

Well isn't she adorable? I love her love of writing at such a tender age. If I live long enough, perhaps I'll read about her Pulitzer one day. :)

Wishing you a brilliant weekend, Ann! Thank you for introducing us to such a charming and talented young woman.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2018:

This is truly an amazing story which I will share with our neighbour's child who loves to write ever since she was a child. Maybe, this will inspire her to create her own book.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2018:

This is heartwarming story of this young lady. It is so interesting that a child of 7 is actually thinking on many levels and able to incorporated them in a book with animals.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 22, 2018:

Hi Chris! Great to hear from you and thanks for the kind words. Yes, she's hoping she might manage to sell a few, which would be a huge boost to her confidence.

Hope you're well. Best wishes,

Ann

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 22, 2018:

Ann, nice job on this hub. After reading your article about the book by Soraia, I feel confident that it would be a good gift for any child. This is especially helpful with Christmas coming up soon.