Hermelin The Detective Mouse by Mini Grey

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Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 3-6 years Hermelin is a noticer. He is also a finder. The occupants of Offley Street are delighted when their missing items are found, but not so happy to learn that their brilliant detective is a mouse! What will happen to Hermelin? Will his talents go unrewarded?


Hermelin The Detective Mouse by Mini Grey

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Like a good brie, you feel Hermelin will only improve with age. -- Alex O'Connell The Times

Grey's work is intricate and stylish, the images often as wordy as the narrative itself. -- Lorna Bradbury The Daily Telegraph

Grey's pictures are nostalgic, comic, decorative and dramatically composed, and invite budding detectives to pay attention. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

It's rare to find such a talented illustrator who can tell a gripping, original tale so effortlessly. The Times, Children's Book of the Week

Fans of Grey's work will once again relish the hectic pace of her storytelling, its humour, its intertextual allusions, its typographical playfulness and its general layout. -- Robert Dunbar Irish Times

About the Author

Mini Grey

Mini Grey was born in the front seat of a mini in an icy car-park in South Wales. She grew up in a village in Buckinghamshire with plenty of places to make camps, climb trees and pretend to be horses. As a child Mini created many bizarre objects from cardboard, clay, papier mache, dough, plaster, toilet rolls and crisp packets.

At university Mini became involved with set-building at the Bloomsbury theatre and eventually got asked to design some shows. After her degree she worked making latex puppets in a basement in Covent Garden until she was offered a place on a theatre design course. Mini loved theatre designing but she didn't earn much money. She trained to be a teacher and worked for six years in South London. She especially liked running after-school clubs in model-making and pottery.

Mini had always done bits of illustration in her spare time, and had an ambition to have a book published some day. She did a two-year MA in illustration, and made a strange pop-up book and an animation about it.

Mini has been shortlisted and won a number of prizes including for, The Pea and The Princess being shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2002, and Biscuit Bear, being the winner of the Smarties Prize in 2004.

Mini lives in Oxford with her partner Tony and cat Bonzetta. She likes running along the river, cycling, walking up hills, running down corridors, and playing badly on her electric piano wearing headphones.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

26th February 2015




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