ABOUT THE HAPPY THE POCKET MOUSE SERIES/ LA SÉRIE DE YOUPI LA SOURIS DANS MA POCHE:

The Happy the Pocket Mouse/Youpi, la souris dans ma poche series is comprised of 30 stories, (and counting), in all. Illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara, the series is about the exciting adventures of Happy/Youpi––a curious, insatiable, adventure-seeking mouse––and his best friend, John/Jean. The first four books in the series are Mouse Tales, (Les contes de Youpi), Jellybean Mouse, (Youpi et ses bonbons), Mouse Pet, (Un ami pour Youpi), and Mouse Vacation, (Youpi en vacances). The fifth picture book in the Happy/Youpi series, Halloween Mouse, will be published in 2021 under the auspices of a new illustrator, Ms. Lisa FergusonIf you scroll down this page, you can read synopses and view sample illustrations for each book. Please see the bottom of this page for all of your purchasing options, (including signed copies.)

The first four books in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, (in English), are as follows: 

Mouse Tales, (Book 1 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-55380-262-4.

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Mouse Tales, the first volume in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series, has been read to tens of thousands of students across Canada, and has gathered a substantial following. Thanks to the artistic vision of Andrea Torrey Balsara, fans everywhere will delight in witnessing Happy and John in action throughout Mouse Tales. Readers of all ages will identify with Happy’s bedtime struggle after a long day, his request for a story to help him fall asleep, and his nighttime anxieties when he must come to grips with the wicked witch of Grimms’ Hansel and Gretel, the Big Bad Wolf, and his own vision of the “Three Bears.” In a composite reading of the traditional tales, and with a few modern twists thrown in, Mouse Tales delivers a reading experience that suggests you cannot tell the goodness of a person simply by looking at them. Readers will be won over by the insatiably curious and determined little mouse, and his kind and endlessly patient friend, John. Mouse Tales proves that best friends come in all sizes, and guarantees a giggle. Below, find sample illustrations from Mouse Tales:Happy page 4 & 5 copyHappy pg 14 & 15 copyHappy pg 26(1) copyHappy pg 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews of Mouse Tales:

“Brisk, endearing and expressive…the right mix of sweetness and reality…the collaboration between Philip Roy and Andrea Torrey Balsara is marked for great success.”–CanLit for Little Canadians

“Skillfully written…a heartfelt story…enhanced by the vibrant, colourful and expressive illustrations of Andrea Torrey Balsara. This story is destined to become a beloved book, begged to be read aloud, over and over again! Highly Recommended!”–Recently Read

Mouse Tales, the first volume in the “Happy the Pocket Mouse” series, is a very funny book for children. The interaction between John, the human, and Happy, the mouse, comes to life while offering a humourous take on classic fairy tales and the bedtime routine. Andrea Torrey Balsara’s full-page illustrations help to expand and embellish the story by offering clues only hinted at in the text. The colour palette is perfect, using beautiful blues, greens, and purples to represent the time of night. She also conveys myriad emotions on Happy’s face, giving visual cues to the tone of the dialogue. Mouse Tales is a fun read for bedtime.”–CM Magazine

“What a gem this picture book is!…Tender, yet comical, [Mouse Tales is a] blend of well-known bedtime stories [and] the cutest illustrations…a truly enjoyable read. A great Canadian picture book to add to the elementary library collection for readers of all ages.”Library Services: Pause & Read

“Well-written, colourfully illustrated, cleverly crafted, this picture book is entertaining as well as a teaching tool for young children and parents.” –Resource Links

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Jellybean Mouse, (Book 2  in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-55380-344-7.

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Jellybean Mouse is the second book in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series. In Jellybean Mouse, a “boring” trip to the laundromat to wash their clothes frustrates Happy’s insatiable appetite for adventure. Unfortunately, neither the skating rink nor the bowling alley can entice John away from their mundane task, and so Happy arrives at the laundromat in a funk, only to come face-to-face with his first jellybean machine. Thrilled with the discovery, Happy is confounded for a second time when John explains that he has only enough quarters for the wash. Refusing to give up, Happy makes a careful reconnaissance beneath the washing machines until he finds a quarter of his own. But the stingy machine conspires against the treasure-seeking mouse, steals his quarter, and refuses to release its jellybeans. Unwilling to accept defeat, Happy convinces John to tilt the machine until its sweet treasure spills out in abundance. No adventure is too small for a mouse with a prodigious appetite. Below, find sample illustrations from Jellybean Mouse:

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Reviews of Jellybean Mouse:

” . . . a curious child who asks, wonders, listens, and ponders, and looks for a way to get what he wants without being selfish . . . Happy is now as firmly entrenched in my heart as he wanted to be in that jellybean machine.”––Can Lit for Little Canadians

“This second book in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series….is as delightful as the first, and [is] sure to entertain….with its lively banter back and forth between Happy and John. The digital illustrations are colourful and imaginative.”–CM Magazine

To order signed copies of Jellybean Mouse, (Book 2 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse  series), e-mail us at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. For other purchasing options, see the bottom of this page.

Mouse Pet, (Book 3  in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-55380-443-7.MOUSE PET cover with text JPEG-1

Mouse Pet is the third tale in the endearing picture book series “Happy the Pocket Mouse.” When Happy declares he wants a pet — to pat and feed and take for walks — his friend John says that it’s too much responsibility, that a pet needs lots of care and special attention. Not a mouse to give up easily, Happy insists that his pet will be no more trouble than Mrs. Farrell’s canary. But when Happy’s choice of pet turns out to have long furry legs, hooves and horns, John explains that you can’t keep that kind of animal in the city. Happy insists that they can just hide it under a blanket. Offering a compromise, John suggests a “teddy-pet,” to which, after some reflection, Happy agrees. After bringing his new pet home and settling in happily for the night, Happy suddenly declares that his pet requires a pet of her own. What sort of pet? John asks. Just a small one, Happy assures him, with shiny black fur and a pretty white stripe. Below, find sample illustrations from Mouse Pet:

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Reviews of Mouse Pet:

“The dialogue that Philip Roy has created between Happy and John is so endearing and honest that the reader will feel privileged to eavesdrop on their affection and tender conversation….The text is so appealing and yet concise and emotive, and the illustrations by Andrea Torrey Balsara are just as charming. It’s like drinking hot cocoa and eating sweet treats.  The anticipation is just as wonderful as the consumption and you’re left with a warm feeling of goodness and sweetness and look forward to another helping soon enough.”Can Lit for Little Canadians

“Mouse Pet is the third in a series of picture books published by Ronsdale Press….Roy has nailed the child voice. Happy is inquisitive, thoughtful, and logical in an absurdly childish way. For every brilliant idea that Happy comes up with, John has a legitimate adult rebuttal…. Couple Roy’s cheeky story with Andrea Torrey Balsara’s bright, expressive illustration style, and you have a recipe for success. The illustrations, even more than the text, offer humour and a scope for learning…. Happy’s expression throughout is one of childish joy, or wonder, or puzzlement. Balsara’s drawings bring a liveliness to the already cheerful voices of John and Happy as they sort through the logistics of pet ownership. Happy’s innocent joy is contagious; this one will not get old.”–There Will Be Books

*Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

To order signed copies of Mouse Pet, (Book 3 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series), e-mail us at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. For other purchasing options, see the bottom of this page.

Mouse Vacation, (Book 4  in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2016. ISBN: 978-155380-479-6.

In Mouse Vacation, the fourth volume of the Happy the Pocket Mouse picture book series, Happy dreams of where their next adventure will take them. New York? Paris? New Zealand? Perhaps a pilgrimage to the Pyramids or the Taj Mahal? John suggests they compromise. Since vacations are expensive, they plan an overnight bus trip to visit the Tall Ships. Fortunately, Happy is enthralled, and Mouse Vacation reminds us that sometimes life’s greatest pleasures can be found in just the right balance of wonder and simplicity. Andrea Torrey Balsara’s brilliant artistry brings to life the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids, and other exotic locales with 32 pages of full-colour illustrations. Below, find sample illustrations from Mouse Vacation:

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Reviews of Mouse Vacation:

“By having John and Happy working out what it means to take a vacation and finding a way to compromise, Philip Roy has again produced a charming life lesson in a story book.  And Andrea Torrey Balsara flawlessly brings the story to visual completion….the magic is in the collaboration, between the text and illustration, and between John and Happy. That’s what makes the story, and Philip Roy and Andrea Torrey Balsara have done it again, blending the two into a story of adventure for the mind, the heart and the soul.”—CanLit for Little Canadians

“A great curriculum connection for primary children! Highly Recommended! FIVE STARS!”—Recently Read

*Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

To order signed copies of Mouse Vacation, (Book 4 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series), e-mail us at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. For other purchasing options, see the bottom of this page.

FRENCH RELEASES:
Covers and synopses for the French translations of the Happy the Pocket Mouse/Youpi, la souris dans ma poche series are featured below:
Les contes de Youpi, (French trans. of Mouse Tales, Book 1 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2018. ISBN: 978-155380-529-8.

Les contes de Youpi is the translation into French of the beloved children’s book, Mouse Tales. The first volume in the “Happy the Pocket Mouse” series has been read to thousands of students in Atlantic Canada and Ontario over the past eight years, and has gathered a substantial following. Here, now, French speakers across Canada will be able to enjoy the story by Philip Roy and the wonderfully vibrant illustrations of Andrea Torrey Balsara. Readers of all ages will identify with Youpi’s bedtime struggle after a long day, his request for a story to help him fall asleep, and his nighttime anxieties when he must come to grips with the wicked witch of Grimms’ Hansel and Gretel, the Big Bad Wolf, and his own imagined “Three Bears.” Readers will be won over by the insatiably curious and determined little mouse, and his kind and endlessly patient friend, Jean. Les contes de Youpi proves that best friends come in all sizes, and guarantees smiles and laughter aplenty. To view sample illustrations of Les contes de Youpi, scroll above to the description accompanying the English version, Mouse Tales. 

To order signed copies of Les contes de Youpi, (Book 1 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), e-mail us at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. For other purchasing options, see the bottom of this page.

Youpi et ses bonbons, (French trans. of Jellybean Mouse, Book 2 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2018. ISBN: 978-155380-540-3.

Youpi et ses bonbons is the translation into French of the children’s picture book Jellybean Mouse—the second volume in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series. Youpi is insatiably adventurous, and when his good friend Jean suggests a trip to the laundromat to wash their clothes, Youpi finds it too boring and tries to dissuade him with the suggestion of the bowling alley. But to no avail. Youpi arrives at the laundromat in a funk, only to come face-to-face with his first jellybean machine. Thrilled with the discovery, Youpi is confounded for a second time when Jean explains that he has only enough quarters for the wash. Refusing to give up, Youpi makes a careful reconnaissance beneath the washing machines until he finds a quarter of his own. But the stingy machine conspires against the treasure-seeking mouse, steals his quarter, and refuses to release its jellybeans. Unwilling to accept defeat, Youpi convinces Jean to tilt the machine until its sweet treasure spills out in abundance. No adventure is too small for a mouse with a prodigious appetite for life. To view sample illustrations of Youpi et ses bonbons, scroll above to the description accompanying the English version, Jellybean Mouse.

To order signed copies of Youpi et ses bonbons, (Book 2 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), e-mail us at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. For other purchasing options, see the bottom of this page.

Un ami pour Youpi, (French trans. of Mouse Pet, Book 3 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2020. ISBN: 978-155380-581-6.

Un ami pour Youpi is the third tale in the endearing French-language picture book series “Youpi, la souris dans ma poche.” When Youpi declares he wants a pet — to pat and feed and take for walks — his friend Jean says that it’s too much responsibility, that a pet needs lots of care and special attention. Not a mouse to give up easily, Youpi insists that his pet will be no more trouble than Mademoiselle Arcand’s canary. But when Youpi’s choice of pet turns out to have long furry legs, hooves and horns, Jean explains that you can’t keep that kind of animal in the city. Youpi insists that they can simply hide it under a blanket. Offering a compromise, Jean suggests a “teddy-pet,” to which, after some reflection, Youpi agrees. After bringing his new pet home and settling in happily for the night, Youpi suddenly declares that his pet requires a pet of her own. What sort of pet? Jean asks. Just a small one, Youpi assures him — with shiny black fur and a pretty white stripe. To view sample illustrations of Un ami pour Youpiscroll above to the description accompanying the English version, Mouse Pet. 

To order signed copies of Un ami pour Youpi, (Book 3 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), e-mail us at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. For other purchasing options, see the bottom of this page.

Youpi en vacances, (French trans. of Mouse Vacation, Book 4 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-55380-605-9.

In this fourth volume, now translated into French, of the beloved “Happy the Pocket Mouse” picture book series, Youpi and his human friend Jean debate where their next adventure should take them. Jean suggests a walk through the forest or a visit to the museum, but these are too lacklustre for Youpi and his thirst for excitement. When Youpi proposes a grand vacation to the likes of New York, Paris, Egypt or India, Jean reasons that those places are too expensive and that they will have to compromise. In the end, Youpi and Jean embark on an overnight bus trip to a seaport to view the Tall Ships, and Youpi is enthralled by these “ghosts of the past.” Andrea Torrey Balsara brings to life the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids, and other exotic locales with 32 pages of brilliant, full-colour illustrations. To view sample illustrations of Youpi en vacances, scroll above to the description accompanying the English version, Mouse Vacation. 

To order signed copies of Youpi en vacances, (Book 4 in la série de Youpi, la souris dans ma poche), e-mail us at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. For other purchasing options, please see the section at the bottom of this page.

A HAPPY COLOURING BOOK COMPANION
For more adventures with Happy/Youpi, you can download your free Happy Colouring Book Companion here:
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Forthcoming Titles:

*Halloween Mouse, (Book 5 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse Series, Ronsdale Press.) Due out in 2021; (to be illustrated by Ms. Lisa Ferguson.)

OPTIONS FOR BUYING PHILIP’S BOOKS:

If you would like signed copies of Philip’s books, (or you would simply like to order books directly through us), e-mail Leila at leilamerl28@gmail.com, or visit our online bookshop: etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. You can also call us at 613-499-9485. Philip’s books can also be purchased through chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, BN.com, The Book Depository.com, and Waterstones.com. Philip’s books are also available via his publishers, Ronsdale Press, Nimbus PublishingLes Éditions Perce-Neige, as well as through Raincoast Books/PGC, Library Bound (LBI), United Library Services (ULS), Whitehots, Tinlids, CanLitforKids, LitDistCo., GoodMinds.com, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and SPD. You can also find Philip’s books at fine independent bookstores like Woozles, Tattletales, Carrefour Atlantic and The Puffin Gallery, Westminster Books, The Village Bookshop and the Wellfleet Booksmith at the Wellfleet Marketplace. (Our books can also be ordered in at your local bookstore if they are not already on the shelves.) If you are looking for museums that carry Philip’s Happy the Pocket Mouse series, please be sure to visit The Antique Boat Museum. All of  Philip’s books are printed in Canada on responsibly-sourced paper. 

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