It all started with a scarecrow coming into the house out of the snow, bringing with him the mouse that lived up his sleeve. But it wasn't only these two who were looking for a warm place to snuggle up!
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A joy to read aloud . . . The fine and delicate detail in each of the spreads, holds the eye and makes one want to linger to explore, revisit and enjoy them in their own right. - Books for Keeps
A lovely bedtime read and a great way for toddlers to learn the names of lots of different animals. - LoveReading4Kids
Bayley's pictures are characteristically painstaking and gentle, softly lit, finely worked and pretty. - Sunday Times
His poems are made with great skill and honesty. - British Book News
A charmingly gentle book that is likely to be read many rhymes at bedtime for children of all ages. - The Bookbag
A perfect bedtime story, with a difference... simply gorgeous. - EYE
A great bedtime story for the under-fives. - Daily Express
The beautiful and detailed pictures and the rhyming text will make this a pleasure to read aloud to a small child. A delightful choice. - The Spectator, Best Children's Books for Christmas
The pictures are meticulously observed and provide a great introduction to nature. A perfect bedtime story. - Parents in Touch
Brian Patten’s poetic descriptions are delightfully complemented by Nicola Bayley’s illustrations which gave charm and character to each of them. - CAROUSEL
This is the kind of add-on story that young children love to hear repeated and the warm, rustic illustrations by Nicola Bayley will make this a fireside favourite. - CORK EVENING ECHO
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Brian Patten is one of the most accessible and popular poets working today. He is the author of the all-time cult classivs Gargling With Jelly and Juggling With Gerbils. He is also the editor of the acclaimed The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry and The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse.
Nicola Bayley has illustrated many acclaimed picture books including The Mousehole Cat (by Antonia Barber), which was chosen as the British Book Awards Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year in 1991. Nicola lives in London.