Quick little ditty – not about Jack and Diane, but about Huxley, the mouse who stars in a Starbucks featured book for kids welcoming the 2010 holiday season. The rumor is that the story was written and illustrated by Bucks’ Baristas which if true deserves a tip of the cup to their in-house talent.
The tale is about a mouse who pens stories for his own enjoyment recording them in a red notebook, which he loses one day prompting him to come out from beneath the stairs in search of it. To make a short story shorter, once discovered he’s adopted by the family and wins over the cat, mom and dad with his delectable writing skills and penmanship.
Much like cartoons, there are hidden messages for adults in children’s books like The Mouse Writer, not the least of which is the techo-tension between the abandonment of handwriting and organizational skills on paper to the power of the mouse. As much as I love little independent bookstores, hats off to Starbucks for their addition to the literature and timely as well as timeless messages that Huxley’s story brings.