Kid’s Book Review: Mouse & Mole: Lo and Behold!

Kid’s Book Review: Mouse & Mole: Lo and Behold!

About the Book and Author

From the creative duo behind Mouse & Mole, Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew, this book contains the latest trilogy of charming stories about these endearing animal characters as they get ready to celebrate Christmas.

This lovely collection of stories has a theme of friendship that will charm the adults reading the stories as much as the children listening in. The pictures by James Mayhew are detailed and have an old-fashioned pen and ink style that we love.

Lo and Behold!  is one of the three short stories in this book that is published by Graffeg. If you visit this website you can look up the other titles in this whimsical Mouse & Mole series.


Lo and Behold cover
Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew

Joyce Dunbar is best known for her lively and quirky picture books stories, with their wide emotional range. The Guardian has named her as ‘one of the best writers for children today’ with praise for her ‘sensitivity, lyrical style and gentle humour’. She revels in the joy of language, the playfulness of words, and in seeing her work fabulously brought to life by world-class illustrators including her daughter Polly Dunbar. Many of her stories have been dramatised for the stage and as puppet shows, with Longnosepuppets and Norwich Puppet Theatre.

James Mayhew is an acclaimed illustrator, author, concert presenter and storyteller. His publications with Graffeg include The Knight Who Took All Day (adapted as a work for narrator and orchestra by Bernard Hughes), the Gaspard series with Zeb Soanes, Koshka’s Tales – Stories from Russia and illustrations for the Mouse and Mole series by Joyce Dunbar, animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. He is also the creator of the Katie art books and Ella Bella Ballerina series.

You can read our kids’ review of Mouse & Mole: The Secret to Happiness.

Book Review

The pictures in the stories give you a little break from reading

Storm liked that the three stories in this book where all about the lead up to Christmas she said “Mouse and Mole must be really good friends because in the first story mouse helped mole by making a snow mouse and then in the story about the advent calendar mole helped mouse with all the jobs and then in the last one mole sent the letters up the chimney but he did eat a mince pie!”

Storm read this book herself and loved the pictures being in the middle of the writing as she said it gave her a little break while she looked at them.

Storm told me all about the story and said that they had lots of jobs to do in December so that is what made Christmas come sooner. It was nice to hear her giggling at certain parts of the story especially when they bumped into each other thinking that each other where in bed and they thought it was Father Christmas.

This is definitely a book we will read again in the lead up to Christmas.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Storm
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: mermaids, fairies and space
  • Dislikes: mushrooms and wasps
  • Favourite Book: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Song: Mother Knows Best (Tangled)
  • Favourite Film: We Can Be Heros