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The Mouse Who Reached the Sky

Written by Petr Horacek
Illustrated by Petr Horacek

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One of our Books of the Year 2015 - August 2015 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it’s a marble. She can’t reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it’s a balloon – then Rabbit who thinks it’s a ball. Working together they bring down the shiny, red – apple! Petr Horacek’s story is full of more surprises for the reader - cut outs, fold out pages and lots of other tactile treats. There are visual delights too: Mole’s burrow seems almost 3d it glows so much, as warm and snug as can be, and you feel you could pick up the shiny apples that surround Little Mouse and friends on the final spread. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Finley, age 4 - 'Beautiful illustrations, a simple story with a powerful message that working together can achieve the goal.'
  • Smatullah Khatun, age 5 - 'A delightful and beautifully illustrated tale about friends who work together to help each other.'

Synopsis

The Mouse Who Reached the Sky by Petr Horacek

A beautifully illustrated and charming story about Little Mouse and her friends from the much loved and awardwinning Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as "the thinking tot's Eric C arle". What is that beautiful red, shiny thing hanging from the tree? Little Mouse thinks it's a marble, but Mole is sure it's a balloon and Rabbit says it 's a ball. None of them can reach it by themselves, so how will they discover what it really is? Enjoy lifting the flap to reveal the tasty surprise at the end.

Reviews

"Petr Horacek is one funny guy, as well as a natural-born teacher and a whizz with a paintbrush. Put him down as the thinking tot's Eric Carle." Washington Post

About the Author

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. He won the Books for Children Newcomer Award with Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? He is also the creator of the loveable Suzy Goose character who has featured in Silly Suzy Goose, Look Out, Suzy Goose and Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two daughters. Click here to read an interview with Petr.

As a child

"I grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Just outside our flat there was a wood where I spent lots of time playing with friends. We would climb on piles of soil or build bunkers from forgotten builder’s materials. I always wanted to be an illustrator, but I preferred to look at the pictures inside the books rather than to read them. I would listen to the story or watch a film and then fill up my sketchbook with pictures and images from the story. I started to read books quite late, but I haven’t stopped since."

As an adult

"I studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague where I painted and drew for six years. Some of my pictures were as big as a double bed! Every autumn the teachers drove us to the countryside where they left us for a few weeks (once even a few months!) to paint and draw the landscape. Since then I have adored the autumn. One day an English girl called Claire came into my studio and before I knew it, I was living in England. We are married now and I love England, but it took me some time to learn English – in fact, I’m still learning."

As an artist

"My two daughters Tereza and Cecilia are the biggest inspiration for my work. I started to work on children’s books when Tereza was born. For my first books, Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White?, I received the Books for Children Newcomer Award 2001. It was presented to me in a restaurant and we had a nice lunch. I still remember the lunch and I still have the trophy. I like doing novelty books best. I think it’s very exciting looking through the holes in the pages and seeing what will happen if I turn one more page!

Things you didn't know about Petr Horacek

I love children's drawings.
I love looking at the sky.
I love walking in woods and picking mushrooms.
I love snow and I know how to ski.
I love cakes (any cakes!) and vanilla ice cream (or any other ice cream!).
I love playing tennis and I play as much as I can.
I love watching people walking their dogs.
I love music – from the very old to the very loud and rattley.
I love listening to the radio. I record programmes I can't listen to, then pile the recorded tapes on top of my hi-fi.
I can't spell. (It's rather embarrassing.)

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Petr Horacek
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Author's Website

www.petrhoracek.co.uk/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

6th August 2015

ISBN

9781406358223

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