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Mouse's Wood

A Year in Nature

Alice Melvin


An exquisitely illustrated novelty picture book with die-cut flaps that follows the woodland ramblings of Mouse through the change in seasons

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Written in a gentle rhyme that reflects the slow pace of Mouse’s rambling journey, and illustrated in the inimitable style of Alice Melvin, Mouse’s Wood is a heart-warming celebration of slow living in nature.

The story follows Mouse, who first ventures out in wintry January to visit his friend Squirrel. Mouse moves on to wake up Hedgehog for the arrival of spring and as he continues along the path in the wood, Mouse’s journey from friend to friend maps out the changes in seasons from January through to December, from picnicking among the bluebells with Mole in May and picking berries with Dormouse in June, to taking refuge in Fox’s cozy caravan as winter draws in.

GOLD Award: Best Pre-Schooler Book 3-5yrs, Junior Design Awards 2022


GOLD Award: Best Pre-Schooler Book 3-5yrs, Junior Design Awards 2022


'An utter gem'
Daily Telegraph

'Evocative … this inviting book is full of flaps that reveal the cosy, patchwork-quilted little homes hidden in Mouse’s Wood'
A 'Book of the Week', Guardian

'A lift-the-flap celebration of the seasons that’s guaranteed to get readers out into the forest exploring'
Observer, a Children’s Book of the Year 2022

'A gorgeous celebration of a book full of beautiful, playful details and a love of nature'
Anna James, author of Page & Co

'Beautiful … a gentle story, an educational story, a story to delight in'
Armadillo Magazine

'Wondrous, captivating and magical … one of our favourite books this year!'
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'This new book has completely captured our hearts and imaginations'

'You certainly can feel every ounce of love and care that has been put into this book … truly beautiful'

'You are going to fall in love with this book … A book to cherish, dip into frequently and save for the grandchildren'

'Stunning ... magical … a perfect, gentle bedtime read'

'An enchanting read'

'This has gone straight to the top of my favourites pile. It’s absolutely beautiful and we will treasure it forever'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.5 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 28 April 2022

ISBN: 9780500652701

About the Author

Alice Melvin is an award-winning illustrator and product designer based in Edinburgh. She is the author of four top-selling picture books for children, which have together sold over 100,000 copies worldwide: Grandma’s House, The High Street, Counting Birds and An A to Z Treasure Hunt.

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