Anatole: Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked!
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–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper.
And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name.
When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him.
About the Author & Illustrator:
Eve Titus was the author of numerous bestselling and beloved children’s books, including the Anatole books and many chapter books about a mouse detective–Basil of Baker Street. Ms. Titus pased away in 2002.
Paul Galdone illustrated nearly three hundred books during his long career, many of which he also retold. His renditions of nursery tales such as The Little Red Hen, and Three Little Kittens have become classics. He illustrated nearly all of Ms. Titus’ books, winning a Caldecott Honor award for both Anatole and Anatole and the Cat. Mr. Galdone passed away in 1986.
A Few Reviews:
“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 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.” —Amazon Reviewer Sheila Gallagher