Karina Schaapman Mouse Mansion

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Mouse Mansion

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Welcome to Mouse Mansion - a busy and exciting place and home to two young mice, Sam and Julia. Sam and Julia love nothing more than heading off on an adventure together and exploring the wonderful world of Mouse Mansion. Join them as they set about discovering the hidden treasures inside this utterly unique world. Lovingly handmade by creator Karinor Schaapman Mouse Mansion and its extraordinary detail will charm and delight young readers.

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Karina Schaapman is a Dutch wife, mother and politician. Mouse Mansion is based on the real-life Mouse Mansion which was conceived and created by Karina. The mansion is made from cardboard boxes and papier-mache, and it has more than a hundred rooms, corridors and outdoor spaces. For the interior, Karina used vintage fabrics from the fifties, sixties and seventies plus various types of waste material. Mouse Mansion includes many autobiographical moments from Karina's life as well as her husband's. Karina says: 'I was inspired by bringing up my own four (now grown) children ... Their development made me see what is important to children, such as building huts, sharing secrets, love and being looked after.'

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K-Gr 2—Schaapman has woven a tale around an elaborate dollhouse with more than 100 rooms that she has created from cardboard and papier-mâché (photographed by Bouwer). Sam and Julia are mice friends who live with their families in the Mouse Mansion. Julia lives on the top floor, while Sam lives in the middle. The full-page color photos draw readers into the intriguing world of adventurous mice. Even though some of the images are dark, lending a bit of mystery to the mice excursions, children will enjoy the detail on every page and will be engaged. One page cleverly requires turning the book vertically to more fully appreciate "hoisting time," which is a day when the mice pull food from the lower floors to the upper floors using pulleys. There is a definite European flavor to the chapters, such as the one about the ragman who comes to pick up items from the recycling room. While some children will not relate to the experiences of the mice or find their story particularly memorable, there will be other contemplative children who will gladly pore over the details in Schaapman's artwork.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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