Format Read: Kindle book
Source: I own it.
Release Date: July 16, 2011
Buying Link: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Blurb from goodreads:
Five mouse brothers live happily in Bok Tong Goh Village. But then…
One brother, falsely accused of thievery, must face the “Wheel of Doom.” What will they do to rescue him from his fate? Fortunately, an ingenious plan with the help of their family secret may just save the day. Join the mouse brothers on this fun and entertaining adventure, adapted from a classic Chinese folktale.
Although the book doesn't specify which folktale it was adapted from, I believe "The Seven Brothers" was the inspiration. In this story, which is generously illustrated, one of the brothers is falsely accused of theft and sentenced to die. But the brothers are not normal mice and they each have a supernatural ability. The brothers use trickery and their abilities to ensure that the accused brother doesn't die. The story has a twist at the end that appears to set up for another book. I couldn't completely appreciate the pictures as my kindle touch is black and white but the style is cute and younger readers will enjoy simply looking at them. "The Five Mouse Brothers" is a cute story that can be appreciated as is, as an introduction to folklore or a jumping off point to study Chinese culture.