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Hermelin: The Detective Mouse

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Look at the foods in your lunch box (or on your dinner menu). What do the ingredients come from? Could you plot these on a map? How might they travel around the world to reach your table? A round cheese box bounces out of a van onto the street. The makers’ name on the box is Hermelin. From the moment the book is opened, the reader is presented with clues; clues that lie in the detail of the illustration. How appropriate when the book is about a mouse, a detective mouse, and yes, his name is Hermelin. Every time he finds one of the missing objects Hermelin leaves the owner of the missing object a type-written note telling him or her where it is. Soon, Hermelin is a neighborhood hero and the people he has helped invite him to a party. They never imagine that their secretive little helper is a rodent. urn:lcp:hermelindetectiv0000grey:epub:dace9ecb-8c0c-49ae-8404-591e082215d8 Foldoutcount 0 Identifier hermelindetectiv0000grey Identifier-ark ark:/13960/t21d0dq43 Invoice 1652 Isbn 0385754337 Hermelin begins by looking for Mrs. Mattison’s lost handbag. Being a mouse who is very observant and who remembers what he sees, he soon finds the handbag in her fridge behind the lettuce. He then finds Dr. Parker’s glasses. Hermelin saw Dr. Parker wearing those same glasses just that morning and at the time she was reading a book, Medical Monthly. It turns out that the glasses are inside the book.Hermelin, who is a compassionate mouse, feels sorry for all these people who have lost something that is dear to them. They need help and he decides that he is the perfect person for the job. Hermelin sees the words ‘unclean’, ‘unhygienic’ and ‘unwanted’ in the dictionary definition for ‘mouse’. Can you think of other words with the prefix ‘un-‘? Could you make a poster / chart that shows words with other prefixes. Hermelin is a mouse who lives in the attic of Number 33 Offley Street. His attic is filled with books and boxes and a typewriter that Hermelin uses to write with. When Hermelin notices that the Offley Street Notices board is filled with people missing things, he knows just what he has to do. So he starts working as a mouse detective and solving the mysteries of Offley Street. He does this by noticing things and then leaving typed notes for the people to help them find their missing items. Then when tragedy almost strikes the youngest person on Offley Street, Hermelin is the one to save the day! Soon everyone wants to know exactly who this Hermelin person is, so they invite him to a thank you party in his honor. He just isn’t quite what they were expecting… Perhaps my favourite of Mini Grey’s works, with lovely themes of acceptance and courage. The residents of Offley Street have found that their possessions are going missing, but help is at hand from an unknown detective… Hermelin the mouse. Wanting to thank and find out the identity of their helper, Hermelin is invited to a party- but the reception received is not that which he had expected!

Write your own newspaper article (or create a radio / video report) about the dramatic rescue of Baby McMumbo.Look at the collection of books and notes in Hermelin’s attic. How many different kinds of text can you think of? Hermelin is a type of cheese from the Czech Republic. Can you find out more about this country and write a report about it? At the end of the story, Hermelin and Emily work together to solve crimes. Can you think of ways that animals help humans to achieve different tasks? Lccn 2013019508 Ocr_converted abbyy-to-hocr 1.1.20 Ocr_module_version 0.0.17 Old_pallet IA15937 Openlibrary_edition

This was a fun and endearing read which has the versatility to be used throughout the key stages, particularly because the depth and detail of Grey’s illustrations allows for so much exploration at any age. There is a montage-like overlapping to her pictures which is not only creative, but which perfectly builds the anticipation and drama surrounding the events on Offley Street. This is so entertaining, and she recreates the typically punchy crime story in a way that feels familiar, yet is presented in an inventive way requiring a high level of participation from the reader.The drawings were quite cute and we were conflicted about which ones to redraw! Ultimately he liked the one with Hermelin's new friend! Some people think that mice are ‘pests’. Can you create a new story about a pest that becomes a hero? Hermelin is a rodent that lives on Osprey street and spends all his time observing his neighbors so that when things go missing he is able to solve the case. But there is one resident that may be observing Hermelin! What will he do when he's found out? It’s a terrible thing for Hermelin to be so cruelly misjudged, especially when the mouse’s single aim is to help the hapless people of Offley Street.

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