The Church Mice Adrift by Graham Oakley


The Church Mice Adrift by Graham Oakley

A wonderful story of good versus evil set in amongst the church mice and their friend the church cat, Sampson. Good wins through; the rats come to a very sticky end (finding a new home in a glue factory) and the church mice and Sampson get their home back. Other titles in the series won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award and were nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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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35 pages


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Publication date

1st July 2011



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