A wicked, wild read-aloud romp from Timothy Knapman, author of Soon, and Simona Ciraolo, winner of the Sebastian Walker Prize, this is the story of Jake ... the fastest mouse there ever was. NO ONE can catch him. Not the fox, not the wolf, not even the bear. "Can't catch me," teases Jake. "I'm the fastest mouse in the world!" But cunning Old Tom Cat has his eye on that sweet, young mouse for his dinner and he's got a plan...
There are echoes of The Gingerbread Man in this stonker of a story; but Timothy Knapman has taken the bones of the traditional tale and created a snappy spin-off that is certain to go down well with young listeners (if mine are anything to go by) who will relish its denouement. Simona Ciraolo's scenes of showing off, sprinting and strutting speak even louder than all Knapman's wonderful dialogue. This is another genius author/illustrator pairing. * Red Reading Hub * "Timothy's jaunty text is perfectly complimented by Simona's exquisite pencil illustrations, which almost bounce off the page with vigour." * WRD *
Timothy Knapman is a children’s writer, lyricist and playwright. His children’s books have been translated into twelve languages and include Soon, illustrated by Patrick Benson, Time Now To Dream, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Dinosaurs Don't Have Bedtimes, illustrated by Nikki Dyson, and the bestselling Mungo and the Picture Book Pirate series. His titles have often been featured on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. He lives in Weybridge, Surrey. Find him online at www.timothyknapman.co.uk, and on Twitter as @TimothyKnapman.
Simona Ciraolo studied animation at the National Film School in Turin, Italy before moving to the UK, where she worked in advertising, children’s television and on feature films. She then went on to undertake the prestigious MA in Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where she was awarded the Sebastian Walker Award 2014. Born in Sardinia, Italy, Simona now lives in London. Find her online at simonaciraolo.com.