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Author: Eve Titus
ISBN 13: 9780375839016
ISBN 10: 375839011
Edition: 50 Anv
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2006-11-14
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
List Price: $14.95

Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family—but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note—"good," "not so good," "needs orange peel"—and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed—but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward—if only they could find him...

Children's Literature

Anatole, the Parisian mouse in beret and smock, first rode his bicycle into the hearts of readers fifty years ago and garnered a Caldecott honor. While foraging for food for his family with his friend Gaston, Anatole is shocked to hear that people consider mice villains. Determined to earn an honest living, he samples cheeses from the Duval Cheese Factory and leaves the folks typed notices of the quality of their cheeses. Although they wonder about the identity of their connoisseur, the factory folk follow his notes and their cheeses sell better than ever. Respecting his wish to remain anonymous, M. Duval invites Anatole to help himself to cheese and other delicacies every night. Anatole and his family are proud and happy that he has become "a respectable business-mouse." Galdone's very lively black-and-gray drawings give us the flavor of a somewhat historical Paris to go along with the touches of French in the text and the flag on the endpapers. Alternating double pages have added touches of blues and reds that perk up the scenes. Anatole and the other mice are clad in appropriate clothing. The clever hero and his large, loving family are fun to follow. The story holds up well for its age, even with the limited color range dictated by the technology of the time.