Raincoast Books

What Will You Read Next?

Mouse Pet

9781553804437

Ronsdale Press
Available: 09/30/15
9 x 9 · 32 pages
Ages 3-6
9781553804437
CDN $12.95 · cl

 Canadian Title

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Philip Roy

illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara

Mouse Pet is the third tale in the exciting new 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 if they 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. Is this the beginning of an unending story?

Philip Roy lives in Durham, Ontario, with his family and their 17-year-old cat. Continuing to write adventurous and historical young adult novels focusing on social, environmental, and global concerns, Philip is also delighted to be embarking upon Mouse Pet, his third book in the "Happy the Pocket Mouse" series (illustrated by Andrea Torrey Balsara), due out in the fall of 2015, as well as Stealth of the Ninja, his eighth volume of the "Submarine Outlaw" series, set in Japan (Ronsdale Press). Along with writing, travelling, running, composing music and crafting folk art out of recycled materials, Philip spends his time with his growing family. Visit Philip at www.philiproy.ca.