The Mickey Mouse magazine, which is popular with children, has been published by Ehapa-Verlag since 1951. Since of the First edition, the comic magazine contains a mixture of Disney comics, puzzles, educational reading pages and gimmicks. The comics are always about stories about the residents of Duckburg. On March 11, 2019, Mickey Mouse Magazine will now appear as Mickey Mouse Junior Magazine. The magazine should not lose its usual content, but should be geared towards its youngest readership.


Mickey Mouse Junior at a glance

This month the new Disney Mickey Mouse Junior magazine for preschoolers is published by Egmont Ehapa Verlag. The Entenhausener Magazin is aimed at children between three and six years of age and takes up the stories about the TV series Micky and the nimble speedsters and Mickey Mouse Wunderhaus, which are popular with preschoolers.

The Mickey Mouse Junior magazine for preschoolers. Image: AM-C Volkmann
The Mickey Mouse Junior magazine for preschoolers. Image: AM-C Volkmann

During this reading and learning adventure through Duckburg, the little explorers should discover, in addition to cheerful and colorful stories, fun learning games, tricky puzzles and fun coloring and handicraft pages, and every booklet should be accompanied by an exciting encore that should invite children to play.

Take a look at the Mickey Mouse Junior magazine

From the very first glance at the magazine cover, it is noticeable that Egmont Ehapa would like to address the younger readers with Mickey Mouse Junior. Micky and Pluto shine brightly towards the reader. Despite that, it looks tidy. The excerpt from the comic was designed to be larger than average and the brief overview of the content was highlighted in a different color. This prevents the children from being overwhelmed by too many graphics. The brief overview indicates the contents of the magazine, which are also described with comic drawings, so that even children without reading skills can understand what topics they can expect in the Mickey Mouse Junior Magazine.

Mickey Mouse Junior: Less text, suitable illustrations. Image: AM-C Volkmann
Mickey Mouse Junior: Less text, suitable illustrations. Image: AM-C Volkmann

The inside of the magazine also shows that the focus is on children without special reading skills. The comic excerpts were also designed to be strikingly large. Compared to the well-known Mickey Mouse magazine, the young reader will find less, but clearly legible text. The comic pictures, which are related to the listed text, represent it graphically. Thus, children can easily establish a connection between the written text and the painted picture, at the same time reading aloud is not absolutely necessary due to the consistent representation.

Mickey Mouse Junior: look in the notebook. Image: AM-C Volkmann
Mickey Mouse Junior: look in the notebook. Image: AM-C Volkmann

The puzzle pages are also not overloaded. Here it becomes clear that learning, in addition to having fun reading, is in the foreground. The puzzles lead the children in a simple way in contact with letters and numbers. In addition to the puzzle pages described, there is also a learning page in the magazine. This deals with a selected topic, which is clearly reflected in the associated illustration. In child-friendly words, the learning page explains what interests preschoolers.

Mickey Mouse Junior: Includes a bedtime story. Image: AM-C Volkmann
Mickey Mouse Junior also includes a bedtime story. Image: AM-C Volkmann

Corresponding magazine pages ensure that activities are suitable for children. The preschool magazine not only contains coloring pictures, the junior magazine does not have to be banned from children's hands in the evening either. In Mickey Mouse Junior there is a bedtime story to read along and discover. In this story, some words have been replaced by drawings, so children can get involved creatively in the reading process.

Gimmick for little tank crackers

As the reader is used to from Micky Mouse magazines, child-friendly additions should be added to the Micky Mouse Junior booklets on a regular basis.

Mickey Mouse Junior: Gimmick for little tank crackers. Image: AM-C Volkmann
Mickey Mouse Junior: Gimmick for little tank crackers. Image: AM-C Volkmann

In the current edition, this is a safe that can be opened and closed again using the key provided. Play money was also added to the safe in the form of coins and notes. The material looks robust and attractively designed.

The price of the Mickey Mouse Junior Magazine is 3,99 euros. It should appear every three months.

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