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Happy the Pocket Mouse

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The Happy the Pocket Mouse series is comprised of 27 stories (and counting) in all. The series is about the exciting adventures of Happy––a curious, insatiable, adventure-seeking mouse––and his best friend, John.  The first four books in the series are Mouse Tales, Jellybean Mouse, Mouse Pet and Mouse Vacation.

 

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 in Atlantic Canada and Ontario over the past five years, and has gathered a substantial following anxious to have the illustrated book in hand. 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 imagination 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:

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What Reviewers Are Saying About 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

If you would like to order signed copies of Mouse Tales, you can purchase copies directly through us by e-mailing Leila at lmerl128@gmail.com. You can also order Mouse Tales  through our online bookshop, etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks, by clicking here. Philip’s books can also be purchased through Chapters/Indigo, Coles, chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, BN.com, The Book Depository.com, and Waterstones.com. You can also find Philip’s books at fine independent bookstores like Woozles, Tattletales, Westminster Books, The Village Bookshop and the Wellfleet Booksmith at the Wellfleet Marketplace. Our books can also always be ordered in at your local bookstore if they are not already on the shelves. Last but not least, Philip’s books can also be ordered via his publishers, Ronsdale Press, Cape Breton University Press Nimbus PublishingLes Éditions Perce-Neige, as well as through distributors including Raincoast Books, Library Bound (LBI), United Library Services (ULS), Whitehots, Tinlids, CanLitforKids, LitDistCo., Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Small Press Distribution (SPD). If you are looking for a museum that carries the 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. Thank you for your patronage!


 

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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What  Reviewers  Are  Saying  About  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

Jellybean Mouse is available through us directly, as well as through our online bookshop. If you would like to order a signed copy, please e-mail Leila at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit  etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks, and be sure to let us know about your specific request. Philip’s books can also be purchased through Chapters/Indigo, Coles, chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, BN.com, The Book Depository.com, and Waterstones.com. You can also find Philip’s books at fine independent bookstores like Woozles, Tattletales, Westminster Books, The Village Bookshop and the Wellfleet Booksmith at the Wellfleet Marketplace. Our books can also always be ordered in at your local bookstore if they are not already on the shelves. Last but not least, Philip’s books can also be ordered via his publishers, Ronsdale Press, Cape Breton University Press Nimbus PublishingLes Éditions Perce-Neige, as well as through distributors including Raincoast Books, Library Bound (LBI), United Library Services (ULS), Whitehots, Tinlids, CanLitforKids, LitDistCo., Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Small Press Distribution (SPD). If you are looking for a museum that carries the 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. Thank you for your patronage!

 

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-1Mouse Pet is the third volume in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series. This tale asks the question: What kind of pet would a little mouse have if a little mouse could have a pet? Join John and Happy to find out! In Mouse Pet, Happy wishes to adopt a pet, but not just any pet….After much thought, John agrees, and they make their way to a most unexpected place––(which is not the pet store or an animal shelter!) 😉 If you’ve enjoyed Andrea Torrey Balsara’s spectacular illustrations in the past, you’re bound to be dazzled by this new and wonderfully funny volume! Below, find sample illustrations from Mouse Pet:

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What Reviewers Are Saying About 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), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, or visit etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks and be sure to let us know about your specific request. Philip’s books can also be purchased through Chapters/Indigo, Coles, chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, BN.com, The Book Depository.com, and Waterstones.com. You can also find Philip’s books at fine independent bookstores like Woozles, Tattletales, Westminster Books, The Village Bookshop and the Wellfleet Booksmith at the Wellfleet Marketplace. Our books can also always be ordered in at your local bookstore if they are not already on the shelves. Last but not least, Philip’s books can also be ordered via his publishers, Ronsdale Press, Cape Breton University Press Nimbus PublishingLes Éditions Perce-Neige, as well as through distributors including Raincoast Books, Library Bound (LBI), United Library Services (ULS), Whitehots, Tinlids, CanLitforKids, LitDistCo., Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Small Press Distribution (SPD). If you are looking for a museum that carries the 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. Thank you for your patronage!

 

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

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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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To order signed copies of  Mouse Vacation, (Book 4 in the Happy the Pocket Mouse  series), please e-mail us directly at lmerl128@gmail.com, and be sure to let us know about your specific request. Our online shop is also always an option: https://www.etsy.com/shop/philiproybooks. Philip’s books can also be purchased through Chapters/Indigo, Coles, chapters.indigo.ca, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, BN.com, The Book Depository.com, and Waterstones.com. You can also find Philip’s books at fine independent bookstores like Woozles, Tattletales, Westminster Books, The Village Bookshop and the Wellfleet Booksmith at the Wellfleet Marketplace. Our books can also always be ordered in at your local bookstore if they are not already on the shelves. Last but not least, Philip’s books can also be ordered via his publishers, Ronsdale Press, Cape Breton University Press Nimbus PublishingLes Éditions Perce-Neige, as well as through distributors including Raincoast Books, Library Bound (LBI), United Library Services (ULS), Whitehots, Tinlids, CanLitforKids, LitDistCo., Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Small Press Distribution (SPD). If you are looking for a museum that carries the 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. Thank you for your patronage!

 

PLEASE USE THESE LINKS TO PRINT THREE NEW COLOURING PAGES FROM THE HAPPY THE POCKET MOUSE SERIES….

“HAPPY” COLOURING TO ALL! 🙂

 

Mouse Tales (Bk. 1 in the HPM Series) Colouring Page

Jellybean Mouse (Bk. 2 in the HPM Series) Colouring Page

Mouse Pet (Bk. 3 in the HPM Series) Colouring Page

 

A reminder for our Happy the Pocket Mouse fans: We anticipate that Mouse Vacation, the fourth volume in the series, will be out in mid-September, 2016. Please e-mail us at LMERL128@gmail.com if you’d like to be added to our digital mailing list! You will receive an e-mail as soon as we have copies in hand if you are already on our list! 🙂