Picture Book Review: Marcel’s Mouse Museum

Marcel's Mouse Museum by Hannah Abbo

Marcel’s Mouse Museum
by Hannah Abbo

4 out of 5 stars

An adorable mouse guides us through a tiny modern art museum where we learn about famous artists like “Parmesan Picasso” and “Gouda Kahlo”. We get a short biography of the famous mice, their art style, their heritage and influences, and their favorite cheese. There is a special section of the museum featuring “Furrealist” art. As we learn about the different art styles, there are activities for creating your own art and imitating the great masters.

This is such a cute book! I loved that there are instructions for your own art projects, and there is also some real information about the actual human artists in the back of the book. The story itself has made-up facts and funny changes for the mice artists, but the information at the back shows the real inspiration behind the story so that you can get your historical facts straight.

Personally, I am not a fan of modern art, but I really enjoyed the way this book is laid out. The mice are just so cute! The information is fun and interesting. The art activities are creative.

The best thing about this book is the cute way that the human artists are reimagined as mice. Andy Warhol becomes “Andy Mousehole”, who created a portrait of “Marilyn Mouseroe”. Frida Kahlo (Gouda Kahlo) was injured by “an accident with a mousetrap” so that “she would often paint with a special easel in bed.” “Parmesan Picasso” is famous for his “Blue Cheese” period. I love that we can use some fun and silliness to learn about history and art!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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