In Emma’s new book, the ‘thing’ referred to, shown atop a hill is a mystery spherical object. Mouse is first to come upon it and deciding it can be his next meal, carts it away in his wheelbarrow claiming, “That fruit … is mighty fine. … That fruit … is mine, all mine!”
However, Frog, in need of a new wheel for his tricycle, spies the thing,
pays a call on Mouse hoping to procure the object for himself and tells him, ‘That wheel, is mine, all mine!’
Fox sees it as just the perfect new ball for a game of footie
and popping up near Frog, proceeds to claim ownership.
Then there’s Bear in need of a new chair, who decides Fox has the ideal item and says so, taking it off to use as a sit-upon.
So there we have four creatures, each strongly asserting, “It’s MINE!”.
Suddenly the thing gives a wobble, a crack, a crunch and …
Someone else is waiting in the wings to claim ownership but who is it? Well ,that would be to spoil the ending; let’s merely say that Mouse, Frog, Fox and Bear are more than happy to concede.
With its surprise ending, highly effective simple repetitive text, deliciously droll illustrations and die-cut circles ( not the work of Emma’s Nibbles character I hasten to add, they’re too regular for that) on alternate spreads, this is enormous fun to share in a story time session with young children, as well as for beginning readers to try themselves.