Anatole by by Eve Titus and Paul Galdone

By Carter.

I’m still on a bit of a Caldecott buzz, so how about one from 1946? Anatole, by Eve Titus and Paul Galdone, is the happiest mouse in all of France.

Anatole by Eve Titus and Paul Galdone
Anatole by Eve Titus and Paul Galdone

A mouse named Anatole, his partner-in-scavenging Gaston, a misunderstanding, a briefcase, and a whole lot of cheese. So charming, so much to love! Anatole and Gaston hunt the streets of Paris at night for food for their little families. On bicycles! (This reminds me of the Tour de France – I can’t imagine any other mode of transportation a tiny French mouse would use, can you?) When Anatole overhears the humans’ true feelings for mice, he is determined to regain his honor and give them something in return for their scraps.

And what’s the one thing Anatole is an expert on? Cheese. The Manufacture de Fromage Duval will never be the same again thanks to the delicious spirit of a delightful little mouse.