Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Publisher: Candlewick Press
The difficulty of finding things tends to increase significantly when one cannot see them, a truth Mr. Morris Mole learns quite completely in Mrs. Mole, I’m Home! The book details the comical journey of Mr. Mole, unfortunately lacking in both eyesight and memory for where he placed his glasses. It’s been a long workday for Mr. Mole, and all he wants is to go home and be with his family. He figures he can find his way home without his glasses, but sadly, it is not so. Morris meets all sorts of other animal families before finally finding his way back to his own and, as an added bonus, eventually finding those vanishing glasses as well.
This book lacks a central message, as its purpose seems purely comedic. The illustrations are perhaps the strongest feature, as they are warm and charming, though largely done in cool colors that match the idea of a dark little mole burrowing through the dirt. There are also several clever details for adults and older children to enjoy, such as parodied names of pop media scattered throughout. Overall, this book is most well suited to preschool readers, who will likely enjoy the variety of animal illustrations, being able to stay engaged with the somewhat muted color palate, and the running gag that Mr. Mole just can’t seem to find his family though, his glasses are on top of his head the whole time.