Mouse and Mole: The Secret of Happiness by Joyce Dunbar BOOK OF THE WEEK

Mouse and Mole: The Secret of Happiness by Joyce Dunbar

BOOK OF THE WEEK

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 9th June 2021

BOOK OF THE WEEK

 Mouse and Mole: The Secret of Happiness by Joyce Dunbar (Author), James Mayhew (Illustrator)

 

Publisher :             Graffeg Limited

Hardcover :           32 pages

ISBN-10 : 1913134830

ISBN-13 : 978-1913134839

Age range:            5-7 years

 

FIRSTLY THE BLURB & FACTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

‘As always, the gentle humour in Joyce Dunbar’s thought-provoking story telling is given a delightfully nostalgic feel thanks to James Mayhew’s charmingly elegant illustrations. Whether as bedtime reading for little ones or read solo by older children, these are small literary gems.’ Red Reading Hub

Mouse and Mole’s charming, gentle and humorous adventures continue in this new addition to the much-loved series.

The book contains three stories:

 

  1. The Secret of Happiness

Mole dreams that he finds the secret of happiness and wakes a grumpy Mouse to tell him, but then Mole instantly forgets! Mole spends all day trying to remember, bringing Mouse and all their friends to join his search, but will he manage to discover the secret again?

 

  1. This Way and That

Mole sets off for a walk going this way and that, but Mouse keeps asking him to run errands for him. But why is Mouse making Mole run these seemingly useless errands, and will Mole ever be able to go for his care-free wander?

 

  1. A Good Read

Mouse and Mole sit down for a good read, but Mole can’t stop fidgeting and distracting Mouse. Whether it’s finding a place to sit, having hiccups, itching and scratching or yawning, Mole just can’t stay still.

Author: Joyce Dunbar & Illustrator: James Mayhew

Other books in the MOUSE & MOLE series:

– Mouse & Mole

– Mouse & Mole: Have a Party

– A Very Special Mouse & Mole

– Happy Days for Mouse & Mole

– Mouse & Mole: A Fresh Start

Mouse and Mole’s charming, gentle and humorous adventures continue in this new addition to the much-loved series.

Contains three stories:

The Secret of Happiness

Mole dreams that he finds the secret of happiness and wakes a grumpy Mouse to tell him, but then Mole instantly forgets! Mole spends all day trying to remember, bringing Mouse and all their friends to join his search, but will he manage to discover the secret again?

This Way and That

Mole sets off for a walk going this way and that, but Mouse keeps asking him to run errands for him. But why is Mouse making Mole run these seemingly useless errands, and will Mole ever be able to go for his care-free wander?

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Joyce Dunbar was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books for children include This is the Star, which became a world-wide best-seller, and Mundo and the Weatherchild, which was runner-up for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. The popular Mouse and Mole series has been animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. She lives in Norwich.

Joyce Dunbar is a prolific children’s author who has published over 80 books, translated into 20 languages. Joyce has also written many stories for radio and television and contributed to several anthologies. The Mouse and Mole series remain some of her most treasured work.

 

ILLUSTRATOR BIOGRAPHY

James Mayhew is an illustrator and author of children’s books, a storyteller, artist and concert presenter/live art performer. His works include the much-loved and bestselling Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina series, as well as the classic children’s story The Knight Who Took All Day, republished by Graffeg in 2017, the Gaspard the Fox series, with author Zeb Soanes, and Koshka’s Tales – Stories from Russia, republished by Graffeg in 2019.

 

THE jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BOOK REVIEW

 

I certainly found happiness reading Mouse and Mole: The Secret of Happiness by Joyce Dunbar (Author), James Mayhew (Illustrator).

I sat in my home office on a beautiful sunny day with a clear blue sky. I could see horses happily munching the grass of the yellow and green dandelion covered fields I looked out on.

The easy going flow of words of the three stories in this book along with the beautiful and detailed illustrations made me realise Mouse and Mole and all their friends probably lived in the area around that field.

That proved to be the secret of my happiness. Thank you Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew for creating such a time of overwhelming happiness.

The book consists of three interestingly simple but compelling stories about Mouse and Mole. They rightfully culminate with the beautiful The Secret of Happiness story.

Mouse and Mole are rich individual characters well thought out and constructed. Their names cannot be more basic or more interesting and that sums up the stories.

The characters of Mouse and Mole are so vividly brought out in the book through both the words and illustrations that I long for them to be my friends. In fact in the end I really feel they are my friends.

The magic of Joyce Dunbar’s writing means the stories are as deep or shallow as you wish to make them.

Take the first story, “A Good Read”. Basically a wonderful simple short story about two mates trying to read. We’ve all been there. End of a joyous story. If you want. But there is so much more if you decide to chat to the child or children about what’s going on in the story. There is so much hidden depth.

 But whatever your approach all three stories are so interesting and will hold the readers attention and the reader will learn so much about life from each story. The reader will also be entertained and will be carried into an idyllic fantasy world.

This Way and That like all three of the stories is very humorous. You need good humour in a story to make it good in the same way you need humour to make a life happy and all three stories score high on the humour scale.

The stories are so well written with the words being incorporated with lots of relevant pictures that it makes a good book for new early readers to enjoy developing their new skills. As well as being a soothing bedtime story book to lull children or even adults to sleep. It is so beautifully calming after an active or even stressful day.

The book passes the test that adults will love reading it again and again without getting bored due to the interesting characters, the simple stories, the gentle humour and the wonderful, cheery illustrations.

I can see these stories becoming classics and an important part of a child’s lifelong favourite book collection.

And the big question is will you find “The Secret of Happiness”? The answer is in the hands of the reader and listener of the stories. But I certainly did!

 

 

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TOP TEN OF THE DAY

ALL THIS WEEK WE HAVE A TOP 10 ABOUT HAPPINESS

To celebrate our book of the week

Mouse and Mole: The Secret of Happiness by Joyce Dunbar (Author), James Mayhew (Illustrator)

TOP TEN things about happiness

  1. The word ‘happy’ originally, in the 14th century, meant ‘lucky’ or ‘fortunate’. It derived from the noun ‘hap’ meaning ‘good luck’.

 

  1. According to a poll conducted last year, Harrogate is the happiest place to live in the UK.

 

  1. According to the UN’s World Happiness Report, the happiest countries are Denmark and Norway. The US comes 17th and the UK comes 22nd.

 

  1. The first recorded use of ‘Happy Hour’ as a time to buy cheap drinks, was in 1951 in Los Angeles.

 

  1. According to a study in 2011, we are happiest when the temperature is 13.9C (57F).

 

  1. Married couples are happiest when the wife is more attractive than the husband.

 

  1. “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding,” (Proverbs 3:13).

 

  1. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know,” (Ernest Hemingway).

 

  1. The only film with ‘happy’ or ‘happiness’ in its title to win an Oscar was Happy Feet which won Best Animated Feature in 2006.

TOP TEN OF THE DAY (2)

Top Ten Happiest Moments In Life

  1. Birth of a first child (12.3%)
  2. Wedding day (11.5%)
  3. Birth of grandchildren (10%)
  4. Birth of another child (8.5%)
  5. Day of retirement (7.4%)
  6. Moving into a new home (6.7%)
  7. Seeing your child’s first steps (5.5%)
  8. Hearing your child’s first words (5.4%)
  9. Meeting the person of your dreams (4.5%)
  10. First kiss with the person you love (4.4%)

SPECIAL DAYS CELEBRATED ON

 

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

 

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is… Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama Xiv

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

New scientific research finds a link between blood type and happiness. The best blood type for happiness?

B positive.

LOVE IS…

Love is…being Happy Together

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to read Mouse and Mole The Secret of Happiness…A time to read This Way and That…Oh go on then, even a time to read A Good Read, if you are going all out for real true happiness!

 

 

 

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