I always loved the tale of Town Mouse, Country Mouse…

...so when the opportunity came along to illustrate a new version written by my friend and author of Feelings, Libby, I grabbed the chance with both paws!

 
 
I started to sketch out different ways the mice might look on the train home from the meeting and kept on drawing for days afterwards. My sketchbook is filled with scraps of mousey paper. It turns out that bus journeys are ideal places for doodling mice...

I started to sketch out different ways the mice might look on the train home from the meeting and kept on drawing for days afterwards. My sketchbook is filled with scraps of mousey paper. It turns out that bus journeys are ideal places for doodling mice...

More mice.. We knew from the beginning that the main protagonists would have to find the right balance between realism and comic characterisation.

More mice.. We knew from the beginning that the main protagonists would have to find the right balance between realism and comic characterisation.

Mouse evolution! 

Mouse evolution! 

One of my favourite pages comes at the very beginning of the book. The spread shows Town Mouse's busy home in all it's chaotic glory. By happy coincidence only a week or so before I'd painted a quick little city scene of my own. I reworked some of those elements into the finished picture... Kismet! 

One of my favourite pages comes at the very beginning of the book. The spread shows Town Mouse's busy home in all it's chaotic glory. By happy coincidence only a week or so before I'd painted a quick little city scene of my own. I reworked some of those elements into the finished picture... Kismet! 

The original city painting. In retrospect this one's much darker in mood than the finished spread... I was planning to make a second painting where the lonely woman comforts the sad, abandoned dog, and a third of their happy life together! I still might, I suppose... 

The original city painting. In retrospect this one's much darker in mood than the finished spread... I was planning to make a second painting where the lonely woman comforts the sad, abandoned dog, and a third of their happy life together! I still might, I suppose... 

Close up of that poor, abandoned hound. 

Close up of that poor, abandoned hound. 

Unsuspecting Town Mouse getting into a spot of bother...

Unsuspecting Town Mouse getting into a spot of bother...

...and Country Mouse in hot water

...and Country Mouse in hot water

Big, big thanks to Libby, Alex, Tom and Pat and everyone else at Little Tiger Press!

Town Mouse, Country Mouse is available now in all sorts of countries! In the United Kingdom you can order from Amazon or Waterstones.

Or maybe if you're fortunate enough to have one, you could support your local book shop. Here's mine!