Lift-the-flap children’s book
Thames & Hudson • 2022
Mouse’s Wood is my love letter to woods and nature. The book follows Mouse on a woodland walk through the changing seasons.
Mouse’s Wood opens amid January’s snows and as we turn the pages we see the months unfold and follow Mouse’s seasonal activities: picnicking in May, collecting berries in September, and huddling around a camp fire in November.
Along the way Mouse visits his woodland friends and the reader can open the flaps and peep inside their homes – from otter’s riverside cabin to squirrel’s tree house.
At the end of the book a double page spread provides a guide of what to spot when you are out and about in the woodland.
Before creating this book I spent over a year drawing outside observing nature. This intense period of sketching began in 2019 when I was wrestling with the trauma of a sudden bereavement.
Eventually the healing process of drawing nature helped me rediscover my creativity, and create this book.
I’m delighted that something so positive has emerged from such a difficult time.