Tiny's Big Adventure

Tiny's Big Adventure

By Martin Waddell; John Lawrence (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763621704, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 2004


With the help of finely detailed engravings by John Lawrence that leap from the page, Martin Waddell scampers off on a new adventure — from a wee mouse’s point of view.

Two little mice jumped out
of their hole in the barn.
"I want to go to the cornfield,"
Tiny said.

Tiny Mouse has never been to the cornfield before, so he’s thrilled that his sister will take him. It’s the perfect place to play games like climb-the-tractor and sit-on-the-seat, or hide-and-seek-mouse. But the cornfield is also a place full of strange new sights that make Tiny quiver and shiver and call out for his sister, who helps him feel braver. With boldly animated illustrations and a sympathetic story, Tiny’s Big Adventure captures all the excitement — and trepidation — of a first-time experience.

About the Author
Martin Waddell is the award-winning author of many books for children, including "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?" and the other Little Bear books, illustrated by Barbara Firth, "Farmer Duck, " illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and "Owl Babies, " illustrated by Patrick Benson. He lives in Northern Ireland.

Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including HI, HARRY! and the Little Bear books, illustrated by Barbara Firth; FARMER DUCK, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; and A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT, illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Of the inspiration for TINY'S BIG ADVENTURE, he says, "I saw a rusty old tractor nestled in high grass on a farm. It looked like an exciting thing to play with, but who would play there? The idea of a small field mouse, who had never been to the field, came to me -- and Tiny was born." Martin Waddell lives in Northern Ireland.
John Lawrence is the illustrator of many books for children, including THIS LITTLE CHICK, which he also wrote; THE MYSTERIES OF ZIGOMAR by Allan Ahlberg; and A YEAR AND A DAY by William Mayne. His signature wood engravings also grace the pages of many classic novels and anthologies. Of TINY'S BIG ADVENTURE, he says, "I've enjoyed going on this outing with Tiny Mouse and his big sister. I hope, perhaps, they might ask me again some time." He lives in Cambridge, England.