The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time
Time is relative! Award-winning illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s brilliant new book bends time and imagination!
When an inventive mouse misses the biggest cheese festival the world has ever seen, he’s determined to turn back the clock. But what is time, and can it be influenced? With the help of a mouse clockmaker, a lot of inventiveness, and the notes of a certain famous Swiss physicist he succeeds in traveling back in time. But when he misses his goal by eighty years, the only one who can help is an employee of the Swiss Patent Office, who turned our concept of space and time upside down.
From the creator of Lindbergh–The Tale of a Flying Mouse, Moletown, Armstrong – The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon, and Edison – The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure comes Einstein. Torben Kuhlmann, in his fourth mouse adventure, explores the question: Suppose Albert Einstein’s famous theories first came into being through an encounter with a little mouse.
Edison—The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, a 2019 Batchelder Honor Award and 2019 ALA Notable Children’s Book
Three beautiful screensavers for download in our Teacher’s Resources!
As in Armstrong (2016) and Edison (2018), Kuhlmann employs a mix of narrative and fantastically detailed mouse’s-eye-view pencil-and-watercolor scenes to portray a small, furry investigator intrepidly tackling scientific and technological challenges in a human-sized world—here involving old records in a certain Swiss patent office, clock gears and computer parts, trial and error, and equations on chalkboards.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
His unique ability to combine fun, facts, science and biography makes Einstein a real triumph.
BookPage, Starred Review
Time is relative, size doesn’t matter, and kindred spirits can be located past and present when it comes to determination, wanderlust, curiosity, and big ideas.
School Library Journal
Kuhlmann’s cinematic artwork makes exquisite use of light and saturated colors, and he mixes detailed panels with full-page spreads. Robust back matter offers more details on Einstein’s life and explanations of his most famous theories (with the help of mice, of course)...
Along with an inventive plot and richly drawn characters are Kuhlmann’s highly detailed graphics...
The story is a primer on Einstein’s theories and discoveries, and it prompts discussion on the nature of time itself.
Danielle Ballantyne, Foreword
If you’ve never seen a Kuhlmann book, you are in for a treat. I’ve always called him the Steampunk Beatrix Potter, but to be fair he’s more interesting than that. Over the years Kuhlmann’s books have charmed with their precision and attention to even the smallest of details. And now, at long last, we’re gonna get to see some time travel.
Betsy Bird, Fuse #8 Blog, SLJ.com
Kuhlmann’s books about mice and historical figures—we’ve met Lindbergh, Armstrong, and Edison before—are beautifully illustrated and incredibly detailed.
- September/October Indie Next Kids Pick, 2021
- Society of Illustrators Original Art, 2021
- National Science Teachers Association 2022 Best STEM Books, December 2021