Marcel’s Mouse Museum is the story of a mouse named Marcel who lives in a museum full of artwork done by other mice throughout time. Marcel talks about each real-life artist that the “mouse” artist is based on, and says things like what kind of drawing or painting they were famous for, where they lived, and other facts about them. Before moving on, Marcel explains in two to four steps how to make your own artwork at home to look like each artist’s work, including what supplies you’ll need and then steps to follow for it to turn out good. The activities to try are not hard, and would be fun to do either by yourself or with others!
Reading through the book, it was difficult for me to pronounce each artist’s name, not just because they have different kinds of names than you hear about nowadays, but because they are changed a little so that they either have the word “rat” or “mouse” or something to make you think of those animals included in the name – an example being the first artist is Parmesan Picasso, instead Pablo Picasso. I learned about some of these artists at school, so it was fun to see them again in this book.