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The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time

Translated by David Henry Wilson
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

Time is relative! Award-winning illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s brilliant new book bends time and imagination.

Bank Street 2022 Best Children's Books of the Year list
September/October Indie Next Kids Pick, 2021
Society of Illustrators Original Art, 2021
National Science Teachers Association 2022 Best STEM Books, December 2021
Bronze Winner– INDIES Book of the Year Award, 2021

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?

Rave Reviews for Einstein:

His unique ability to combine fun, facts, science and biography makes Einstein a real triumph.
BookPage, Starred Review

"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, Starred Review

About The Author

Torben Kuhlmann was born in Germany in 1982. Highly creative as a young child, Torben was recognized as early as kindergarten for being a gifted draftsman. He was captivated by small airplanes, strange machines, and steaming trains; these elements made their way into his drawings. He studied illustration and design at the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences. His preferred media are pen and watercolor. He also works with acrylics, oil paints, and digital programs. He works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg. His books Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, Moletown, and Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon quickly became best sellers and owe their inventiveness to Torben’s great enthusiasm for unusual mechanical inventions. Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, his fourth picture book for NorthSouth Books, was chosen as a 2019 Batchelder Honor.

Product Details

  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (September 7, 2021)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780735844445
  • Grades: 2 - 6
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

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,

Kuhlmann forges another delightful, science-fueled adventure in this beautifully illustrated tale...

– Booklist

Kuhlmann’s books about mice and historical figures—we’ve met Lindbergh, Armstrong, and Edison before—are beautifully illustrated and incredibly detailed. They’re heftier than most picture books, with more pages, more text, and so many pictures. I was particularly excited about this one, of course, because it involves time travel, but they’re all a lot of fun to read.

– GeekDad Blog

Another milestone in human-mouse collaboration, virtuosic of visuals and tongue in cheek of tone. (STARRED!)

– Kirkus Reviews

His unique ability to combine fun, facts, science and biography makes Einstein a real triumph. (STARRED)

– Bookpage

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

The story is a primer on Einstein’s theories and discoveries, and it prompts discussion on the nature of time itself.

– Foreword Magazine

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