The Church Mouse at Christmas by Graham Oakley

The Church Mouse at Christmas

Written by Graham Oakley
Part of the Church Mouse Series

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Deservedly a modern classic, this action packed and hilarious picture book brings all kinds of traditional – and not so traditional! – Christmas excitement vividly to life. Like everyone else, the mice are eager to have a big Christmas party but, without money, it is hard to see what they can do. As ever, Arthur and Humphrey come up with some inventive ideas but nothing, especially raffling off Sampson the Cat, goes exactly according to plan! An exciting encounter with various Father Christmases, irate shoppers in the toy shop and more have unexpected results which leave the mice with a Christmas to remember.


The Church Mouse at Christmas by Graham Oakley

The church mice don’t have enough money to pay for a Christmas party, so Humphrey and Arthur dress up as Father Christmas to cheer them up. But, a sprinkling of festive luck is heading their way and they might be able to have their party after all…

The Church Mice series has been nominated for two Kate Greenaway Medals, won a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award and sold over one and a half million books worldwide.


‘Drawings so lively you can see the mice squeak’ - The Guardian

About the Author

Graham Oakley was born on the 27th of August 1929 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, son of Thomas and Flora (Madelay) Oakley. Between 1947-49, Graham Oakley served in the British Army. He attended the Warrington Art school in 1950, and then worked with London repertory companies as a scenic artist 1950-55. From 1955-57 he was a design assistant at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, worked at Crawford's Advertising Agency from 1960-62, and then as a set designer for films and series at BBC-TV 1962-67 (including How Green Was My Valley, Nicholas Nickleby, Treasure Island, and Softly, Softly).

He had started illustrating books in the late 50s, and became a free-lance author and illustrator after his stint at the BBC. The Church Mouse was published in 1972.

"I was going to open with a high view on top of the town and a series of stories about each building, starting with the church and moving on to the library and the town hall, but the first book, The Church Mouse was so successful that I never got to the library."

These days Graham Oakley lives in Lyme Regis and is mostly retired. His current project is a version of Beauty and the Beast done with Pre-Rafaelite style illustrations.

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34 pages


Graham Oakley
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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st September 2010




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