A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse

TOON Bks. May 2019. 36p. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781943145362.
PreS-Gr 2–Viva’s companion to 2012’s A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse takes readers to the very top of the world: an active volcano. Mouse and his human companion travel by plane to Italy’s Mount Etna. Hungry Mouse badgers his friend for pizza as he learns how cold it will be to hike up the volcano. At the bottom of Mount Etna, the two discuss the trees growing in the soil. “Olives! Grapes! Oranges! Almonds!” shrieks Mouse. Large, predictive text matches the illustrations well, and a clever cutaway of Mount Etna educates children about volcanoes. Mouse sweetly points out the volcano’s similarities to pizza, which will elicit a giggle or two from readers. The palette is beautifully simple; relying on black, cream, red, orange, gray, blue, and brown, Viva depicts a stunning and believable world.
VERDICT This latest outing with Mouse is an exemplary choice for emergent readers, graphic novel lovers, and curious kids eager to learn about volcanoes (and pizza)

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