Following on from Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, is the new picture book from, the “new darling of the picture book world,” Jarvis. Mrs Mole, I’m Home is a funny tale of a mole that struggles to find his spectacles, and consequently, his family, and warms any reader with the comic timing, the warmth that comes from locating family and a tale that rejoices in the notion that home can always be found.
Jarvis studied graphic design and has in another life worked as both a record sleeve designer and an animation director before becoming a children’s book illustrator. Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth was his debut title with Walker Books. On picture book inspiration Jarvis states, “The way I work is always visual. I will have an image or character in mind and I pull a story out of it. I doodle and doodle and doodle until I get it right.”
Incorporating playful, yet stunning illustration with a repetitive story of locating home but treading on someone else’s family, with the anticipated, “Mrs Mole, I’m homeee!” as he intrudes on some poor unsuspecting rabbit family’s hole or owl tree, Jarvis has a flair for the comic story.
Mrs More, I’m Home! is about Morris the mole, who cannot find his glasses anywhere and, he decides to go on without them, trusting his instincts to lead him the right way home to his waiting family and delicious dinner of worm noodles. He eventually gets there, through the aid of smell (of the worm noodles) to be told that his glasses were on his head all along, something that most of us can probably relate to.
Beautiful illustration, warm-hearted comic playful storytelling make up the crux of this book which makes it a pleaser for both toddlers and adults. And one to make the less-orientated readers feel a little less alone.
All images courtesy of Walker Books, who have published Mrs Mole, I’m Home! by Jarvis.
Mrs Mole, I’m Home! was published on 6th April 2016. Also find Jarvis on Twitter as @heyimjarvis.