Graffeg to re-publish the classic Mouse and Mole series by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by James Mayhew

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‘The two cohabiting animals are characters that stand alongside the greats of children’s literature’ – Sunday Telegraph

First published in 1993, Mouse and Mole by award-winning author and illustrator team Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew is a warm and gently humorous series for children about two furry best friends who find life full of little ups and downs.

Out of print for almost 20 years, we are delighted to bring this series back for children to enjoy today in a new larger hardback format. With its classic feel and endearing characters, Mouse and Mole is perfect for reading with young children and for older children to read independently.

Mouse and Mole was made into a television series devised by Joy Whitby’s Grasshopper Productions. The characters of Mouse and Mole were played by Richard Briers and Alan Bennett respectively, with Imelda Staunton joining them for a Christmas special, screened on BBC television.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Dinah Hall said of the series: ‘The two cohabiting animals are characters that stand alongside the greats of children’s literature, Toad, Ratty and Winnie the Pooh. They work their magic not just on 2-6-year olds, but on parents too, so perfectly judged is the humour, and so perfectly paced the dialogue.’

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Joyce Dunbar said: ‘I am totally thrilled that these books are coming back into print. Writing them was such a joy – they appeared so spontaneously and with such a life of their own. It is wonderful that they are being given the chance to find a new audience with these fresh editions from Graffeg. One reviewer said of the animation series, “When I watch Mouse and Mole, I feel that nothing bad can happen.” Well. A lot of bad stuff is happening. Cosy they may look, but in the gently comic conundrums of these two characters we see the lighter side of our own perplexities and we smile: there is fun in frustration, a story in the problem.’

James Mayhew said about drawing the illustrations: ‘The characters leapt off the page and into my sketchbook and were unusually easy to imagine and create. And I filled their world with so many details and all the paraphernalia of my own life. Illustratively speaking these are semi-auto-biographical and I remain hugely proud of these loveable creatures into whom I put so much of my personality.’

Peter Gill, Graffeg Managing Director, said: ‘When we first looked at the Mouse & Mole books written by Joyce and illustrated by James we couldn’t believe these lovely books had been out of print for such a long time. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring these wonderful stories back to life to new readers, particularly those children from the 90s who have fond memories of Mouse and Mole stories who now have a young family to read these classics to.’

The first four titles in the series, Mouse and Mole, Mouse and Mole Have a Party, Happy Days for Mouse and Mole and A Very Special Mouse and Mole are publishing in May 2019 in HB, priced £12.99.