The Mouse Bride illustrated by Lesley Liu

Another wonderful find from the Wynberg children’s library – “The Mouse Bride” written by Monica Chang and illustrated by Lesley Liu.  I had a hard time choosing which images to scan for this one – they are all crammed with fascinating details.

“The Mouse Bride” is a story about some mice who live in a hole in the bottom of a wall.  Notice all wonderful details. In many of the pictures, you can see a small child watching everything:

Here are some details from that image, showing the mouse village:

The book is full of incidental details, like this domestic scene:

In this village lived a  rich mouse, who had a lovely daughter.

All the young mouse men wanted to marry her, and she did not know who to choose.

To solve this dilemma, her father arranged a special ceremony.  The mouse girl threw a ball from her balcony.  The mouse who caught the ball would be her husband.

But if we look at the entire image, we see who else is watching the ceremony…

Oh dear!

But the mouse girl is saved by a young mouse called Aah-Lang:

After this close escape, the mouse girl’s father has a nightmare.  In his dream, his daughter does not escape from the cat, and he is devastated.  When he wakes up, he is determined to find a husband who can protect his daughter from all the dangers of the world.  He sets out on a journey to find the m0st powerful husband.

Little Aah Lang – the brave mouse who saved the mouse girl from the cat –  follows him secretly, and you have to search the images to find where Aah Lang is hiding. Here you can see him among the beautifully drawn dried grass stems, taking a leaf boat down stream:

The mouse girls father asks the sun if he is the strongest.  But a cloud moves in front of the sun, so clearly the cloud is stronger.  The wind sweeps the cloud away, so the wind must be even stronger.  And so it goes on.  I love the way each potential husband is depicted as a cat.  And notice how some of the images have been nibbled:

Eventually, the father realizes that the strongest of them all is Aah-Ling.  After all, he could tunnel through the wall, that stood up to the wind, that swept away the cloud that covered the sun!  And he did rescue his daughter from the cat in the first place.

So the wedding takes place – with much rejoicing, and many curious onlookers:

Here is the mouse bride, unveiled:

And here are the happy couple in their new home:

…and to finish off, some mouse revelers:

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pavinee
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 14:51:39

    Ooh! I understand why you had a hard time choosing. They are all beautiful!

  2. Helena B.
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 03:10:51

    Oh so lovely!
    I like it.
    so many cute details which fascinate! .. the coloring is really beautiful.
    and WOW! the cat.. for this little mouses she is so giant. you’re getting scared silly!

    I’m from germany – so please excuse me, if i make mistakes 🙂 – i was just googleing for Stepan Zavrel and so i found your side.
    i’m also a little artist, but just for hobby.

    You definitely have my compliment!
    best wishes

    Helena B.

  3. Helena B.
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 03:28:42

    drat.
    read first! then write compliments -.-

    but you’ve good taste.

  4. mashadutoit
    Nov 12, 2010 @ 07:02:33

    Thanks for your comment, Helena – always nice to share the illustration love 🙂

    Masha * *

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