Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann is a short and sweet children’s chapter book that utterly captured my heart. It’s illustrations are fascinatingly intricate and beautiful while the story the book tells was quite impressive.. The book gets off to a curious start, one that left me intrigued and slightly worried. Due to the shortness of the book, I had wondered how the author would include a story interesting enough to keep my attention and not feel much to short of a read. To my immense pleasure, Kuhlmann managed to develop a brilliant tale for young readers that not only is fun to read but accomplishes something a lot of fiction and children’s reading material doesn’t often do.
The inclusion of science along the journey of the two main characters, an old Professor mouse and a young mouse called Pete, to find out what had happened to Pete’s ancestor and the treasure he had mentioned having in his farewell letter to his family. The plot is cute and to the point, leading into the author’s own personal research on a particular important moment in history and the truth behind it, which a great many kids wouldn’t know about just yet. Often times in school, kids are taught names and the accomplishments those names are related to, but not a great lot about the history behind it. Ironically enough, I recall a little about the lesson this book cites in particular as it is taught to young children due to my role as an educator and I was thoroughly impressed with how the author is informative about such an important piece of history in a way that school sometimes, is not.
This is a great book to read your kids and a great way to get them interested in science, so long as you continue the conversation further after finishing the story. It’s not the most intricate plot or anything like that, and often the illustrations take over and tell the story at times—which, admittedly, I enjoyed immensely but can understand how some others might not—but it truly is a brilliantly creative tale that introduces knowledge about historical inventions that are wonderful for young children to be exposed to.
I was provided a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.