Steampunk isn’t just for humans. It has never been. Mighty Tiny is a graphic novel by Ben Dunn, and it is about Steampunk mice. It was first published in 1990, long before the current Steampunk Renaissance, and it is everything one might want in Steampunk adventure.
The protagonists are two orphan rodents caught up in an international conspiracy. Stewart, a mouse apprenticed to a gunsmith, and his best friend Gunther, a rat who works in a train yard, witness something they were not supposed to see and wind up as the targets of a shadowy cult. Along the way, they fall in with Col. Sabastian Tiny and his kind wife Abagail. There are airships, motorcars, and lost technologies. There are engines and wrenches and goggles galore. These mice and rats are unquestionably Steampunk.
They are also adorable. There are mice with mustaches, mice with freckles, and mice in bustle dresses. I adore the dynamic art in this title. I do wish the graphic novel were in color, though. That would make it easier to differentiate between mice. Without their hats on, some of them can look very much alike, so pay close attention.
I give Mighty Tiny four point five gears out of five. I couldn’t put it down. Grab it for a mighty fun, family-friendly Steampunk adventure, especially if you liked The Great Mouse Detective or Redwall.
Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather