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A Trip To the Top of the Volcano with Mouse

TOON Level 1

by (author) Frank Viva

TOON Books
Initial publish date
May 2019
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12


Join Mouse and a young explorer as they prepare to climb Mount Etna. Help them list what they’ll need: “walking sticks,” “mountain boots,” “sunglasses…” “Can I have pepperoni?” asks Mouse. From sea to snow, young readers will giggle with delight as they experience the magical world drawn by Frank Viva. Over and over again, the bestselling author of Young Frank, Architect will make them relive the unforgettable journey he took to the top of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

About the author

FRANK VIVA is managing director and founding partner of Viva & CO., an independent branding and design agency that has created award-winning work for companies such as Le Creuset, MoMA, and Butterfield & Robinson. He is a frequent cover artist for

The New Yorker

magazine and his first book,

Along a Long Road

, was a bestseller and a

New York Times

10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection. His fourth book,

Young Frank, Architect

, was the first picture book ever created for The Museum of Modern Art’s publications department and was translated into seven languages. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Frank Viva's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“This … is a fantastically fun book for emerging readers … Partly a science lesson about volcanoes and climate zones, partly an allegory about patience and determination, A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse is a Level 1 book that’ll have kids returning to it time and again. And craving pizza with every reading.” — Jamie Greene, The Roarbots

"Fiery reds and oranges appropriately dominate the crisply drawn artwork, and plenty of expressive type and dialogue balloons will hold readers’ attention. Framing by Viva is unfussy but effective, from the quarter panels used to convey nuggets of information to the spreads that open up the landscape and make every inch of the book’s long horizontal format count."- Publisher’s Weekly

"Graphic designer and illustrator Viva brings his signature style to his latest comic for young readers. Bold, simple shapes and a limited color palette leave the pages vibrantly full but sharp and uncluttered. Mouse is highly expressive,

and young readers will share Mouse’ trepidation over all the dangerous things they encounter during the

journey. The best part? Mouse' reward for a job well done." - Booklist

“Simple language paired with striking and amusing graphics will draw emerging readers in while well-chosen scientific details provide an appealing introduction to earth science and the world of volcanoes.” - Kirkus Reviews

"A Trip to the Top of the Volcano is a fun mix of fiction and nonfiction, with stylish, vibrant graphics. There’s a beautiful cross-section spread, showing not only how plant life grows up the mountain, but the parts of the volcano, including the magma chamber, vents, and crater. There is information about local wildlife, plant life, and volcano characteristics, all communicated with simple, straightforward sentences that new readers will love reading and pre-readers will love listening to."- Mom Read It

"This latest outing with Mouse is an exemplary choice for emergent readers, graphic novel lovers, and curious kids eager to learn about volcanoes (and pizza)." - Amy M. Laughlin, School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

“Viva's marvelous illustrations engage readers and provide details and diagrams that will spark curiosity - and probably make them hungry for pizza …” - Books4YourKids

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