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Mouse's Wood (Mouse’s Wood series)

A Year in Nature

Alice Melvin


A Daily Telegraph and Observer Children’s Book of the Year: an exquisitely illustrated 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

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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'

Junior Magazine

'The months roll around with pleasant rhymes and beguiling artwork … charming and detailed'
The Wall Street Journal

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 29.5 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 13 April 2023

ISBN: 9780500660171

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.