C. F. Crawford is a multiple award winning author. She lives near a magical wood with her husband, two daughters, and four mischievous cats. When not writing, she enjoys exploring the many historical sites near her home.
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Spring Tales is a children’s book about a special friendship between a long lineage of mice and their humans, written by C.F. Crawford and illustrated by L.H. Crawford. Mr. Snuggywhiskers is a happily married mouse who has many dreams. Lately, he dreams of going hang gliding, but cannot think of how to go about it. When his human friends, Hallie and Cory, make a suggestion, Mr. Snuggywhiskers cannot wait to embark on his exciting new excursion. With his wife and ten children as witness to his incredible feat, they decide they want to also take turns. During an excursion to Grandma’s house soon after, the girls are shocked to find that Mr. Snuggywhiskers’ ancestors have been in their family for many generations, and are excited to see photographs of his ancestors. The mystery of what had happened to many of his family members is brought to light, and is one which simply must be solved!
This is the first book of its kind that I have ever read, with humans and a long history of one mouse family intermingling. I found C.F. Crawford’s incredible tale to be filled with fun and adventure, and L.H. Crawford’s unique illustrations help bring the story to life. The photographs, which are a keepsake in the family and kept at Grandma’s house, help bring an amazing realism to a fantasy which turns out to be quite complex. It leaves the book open to new stories needing to be told, and paints a clear picture of the age of the girls and mice. I was quite amused at how the young girls managed to keep Mr. Snuggywhiskers a secret from their parents, having to sneak him and his entire family into situations which take a lot of imagination and careful planning, but C.F. Crawford pulls each situation off effortlessly, while adding to the entertainment value of the story. I very much enjoyed Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Spring Tales and recommend it to young readers aged 5-12 who enjoy well-told animal adventures which leave the reader begging for more.