The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It (Hardcover)

The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It By Ana Cristina Herreros, Violeta Lópiz (Illustrator), Chloe Garcia Roberts (Translator) Cover Image
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★ A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2021 ★

"In this gloriously unruly feminist fable, The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It explores the power of art-making, the tedium of the domestic, and the dangers of heteronormativity, all within beautiful pictures and tender words. I was enchanted by the pairing of graphic illustration and tight prose on every page. It is luminous and evocative from start to finish." --Alisson Woods, author of Being Lolita

Folklorist Ana Cristina Herreros and visionary illustrator Violeta L piz spin a deeply feminist retelling of an old Spanish folktale in The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It. Through rhythmic text, highly conceptual illustrations, and a final visual narrative that is silent but revelatory, this YA picture book builds from deceptive simplicity to an explosive end.

The story begins with a mouse, very neat and hard-working, who makes herself a home. In disbelief that she has a house but isn't a wife, suitors show up uninvited, each asking for her hand. She turns everyone down... until a pack of tiny kittens arrive, and she agrees to marry the smallest and most defenseless of the bunch. But it does every mouse well to remember that a kitten always grows up to be a cat.

Today, the most commonly told version of this popular folktale serves as a warning, scaring girls to choose good men to marry by reminding them that the cat will always devour the mouse. But this story is rooted in the non-normative, non-performative original version, before it became a cautionary tale.

Here, by contrast, the story tells of the pain and harm that come from falling prey to situations beyond one's control. It is also a powerful story of reclaiming one's selfhood.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781592703203
ISBN-10: 1592703208
Publisher: Unruly
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Pages: 108
Language: English