Mr Postmouse goes on Holiday by Marianne Dubuc, translated by Greet Pauwelijin,

Reviewed by Allison Paterson (

Mr Postmouse and his family are off on holiday. The post office is closed and the delivery cart is packed with everything the family needs. Hard-working Mr Postmouse takes some parcels to deliver because – a postman never really finishes his rounds! The family travel all over the world on an adventure that includes camping in the forest, relaxing by the beach, exploring a volcanic island (shh – it’s really a dragon’s den), an arctic igloo sleepover and much more. Each family member has a different experience and encounters a range of new characters – a sleepy dragon, Mr Polar Bear, a tea-drinking sloth and many more creatures that naturally occur in the locations which they visit. Like most grand adventurers, the Postmouse family return with a suitcase brimming with souvenirs. Mr Postmouse goes on Holiday is a charming tale for early childhood readers that is best shared one-on-one to appreciate the enticing detail within the illustrations. Visited locations are depicted in an engaging cross-section style across a double-page spread, providing a visual smorgasbord that invites investigation and sparks imagination. Suggestive of the familiar Peppa Pig adventures, Mr Postmouse goes on Holiday provides a delightful resource for introducing readers to the environments of the world and is brimming with appeal for children of the early childhood years.

Shamini Murugan
Peregian Springs State School Writers’ Festival 2020CLICK HERE
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