Anatole (Puffin Picture Books)

by Eve Titus

Paperback, 1969



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PUFFIN BOOKS (1969), Edition: New Ed, 32 pages


A French mouse decides to earn an honest living by tasting the cheese in a cheese factory and leaving notes about its quality.

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LibraryThing member allawishus
This is the first and best book about Anatole, the mouse magnifique. I adore the illustrations and their red/white/blue saturation. I love Anatole's cute little wife, Doucette. I love her name. I like the idea that Anatole wants to earn a living doing what he does best and despite the obstacles, he
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finds a way to do it. I love his cheese rating system. I love the whole thing!
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LibraryThing member rdg301library
Upon hearing how humans really feel about thieving mice foraging in their homes to get by and feed their own families, one mouse decides to make a difference. Instead of stealing food from humans, Anatole thinks he can help them out and be fed as a reward.

Reading Level: Primary
Genre: Fantasy
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
2.5 stars. Cute enough, but I have no idea why it won an award, to be honest. I am noticing a bit of bias towards works that reference France. I do really like the friendship between Anatole and Gaston.

Gaston, will you feel insulted if I go off alone... I have an idea that I must work on in
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"I am your friend... A friend is never insulted -- a friend has faith. Good luck!"

But that's about all the life the story has. I have no idea how Anatole came up with his idea, and no idea why the cheesemakers weren't just a bit concerned about the security breach."
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LibraryThing member Jennifer LeGault
Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family.
LibraryThing member Sheila1957
Anatole is a mouse who goes into the human world at night to find food for his family. One night he overhears what humans think about mice and decides he will help instead of being a freeloader. He goes to the cheese factory and rates their cheeses, leaving notes on how to improve them. The cheese
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factory increases its sales. Anatole remains anonymous.

I enjoyed this story. It is fun. I like Anatole's solution and his comments on the cheese. I think the Disney movie, Ratatouille, is somewhat based on this book. The kids will enjoy it
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LibraryThing member blbooks
First sentence: In all France there was no happier, more contented mouse than Anatole. He lived in a small mouse village near Paris with his dear wife Doucette and their six charming children--Paul and Paulette, Claude and Claudette, George and Georgette.

Premise/plot: Anatole is flustered, to say
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the least, when he learns that humans think of mice as vermin. He decides to 'redeem' the way things are--mice sneaking human food. He goes to a cheese factory prepared. He brings typed notes (flags, I believe). Extra-'Specially Good, 'Specially Good, Good, Not So Good, No Good. He will stick these flags/notes into each cheese he samples. He'll also write additional notes sharing his opinions. M. Duvall is surprised but ultimately pleased. He listens to Anatole's advice and his sales increase. Anatole has a gift for what makes a great cheese great. M. Duvall invites Anatole to continue visiting the factory and helping out. He even leaves extra snacks and treats. (Of course, he doesn't know Anatole is a mouse exactly). Anatole is therefore honorably able to provide for his family. It's a win-win situation...

My thoughts: I LOVED this one. I loved it so much!!! It is one of those that is practically perfect in every way. I loved the text, the story. I loved the illustrations. What a fun world Eve Titus created!

I really loved the five categories Anatole uses. I might even use those categories instead of stars. Maybe.
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Caldecott Medal (Honor Book — 1957)


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Original publication date



0140500073 / 9780140500073

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