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Amelia the Mouse: Inventor Extraordinaire is a children’s educational picture book written by J.W. Kohler and illustrated by Kate Fallahee. If there’s one thing that excites Amelia about getting up every morning, it’s the new day’s opportunities to create even more ingenious inventions. Amelia sees possibility in everything around her, an infinite array of things that could be made better, more efficient, or more useful. Her workshop was her operating theater where she could focus on her next invention. And while her inventions, albeit ingenious, weren’t of any real practical use so far, she knew that one day they would be. One morning, she was visited by an older gentleman, a rat named Winston, who had a problem with the cane he used to assist his walking. He explained that the tip of the cane would get stuck in the most inconvenient and dangerous places. Could Amelia invent a safer cane for him? Amelia was sure she could, and she immediately began to design her new invention.
J.W. Kohler’s Amelia the Mouse: Inventor Extraordinaire is both funny and inspirational as young readers read about Amelia’s penchant for seeing possibility in just about everything around her. I loved her design for a salami shirt, and even her prototype rocket-powered cane seemed to have some promise. Kate Fallahee’s brightly colored and whimsical illustrations bring Amelia and her inventions to life. The story is silly and fun, but the underlying message is a good one. We could all do worse than embracing our inner, indefatigable Amelia, and the world would be a lot better for it. A grand selection for storytime, Amelia the Mouse: Inventor Extraordinaire is also suitable for young readers to try on their own. It’s most highly recommended.