Something to sweeten your day, sweeten your tea, sweeten the next few minutes!
Just before I start telling you all about this story I'm going to tell you about, it is going to be read by the actor Tristan Gemmill (who appears in the t.v. series Casualty), on CBeebies television programme at the bedtime hour tonight, 6.50 p.m. Exciting don't you think?!
Sharing is a big deal in to adulthood too don't you think? So adults and children will relate to this story very easily.
Would you like me to take you through the book, in a brief kind of way, as though you were casting your eye over it in a book shop?
Here we go.
There's mole coming out of his hole.
It's such a beautiful day.
Mole has met a rather sweet mouse, someone his own size, with the prettiest little smile.....................
You see that lovely soft moss she's got on the floor as a rug? I wouldn't mind curling up on that myself.
Her leafy bed is somewhere I'd like to hibernate myself.
And there's always flowers in mouse's house. Always.
Mole thinks mouse is very special. They seem to have so much to talk about, so much in common. There's just one thing, mole has accidentally-on-purpose decided to keep mouse a secret from his pals. He wants her all to himself, and does not want to share her with his friends AT ALL.
His friends wonder what mole is up to, and are nice enough to go searching for him, isn't that nice of them?
But mole is nowhere to be found.
No. Mole somehow neglects to tell his friends about mouse.
Check out the guilty, and also slightly worried expression, on Mole's face.
Mouse assures him that he'll always be her special friend, but it's so much more fun to share.
It's nice for me to go back to this book, as it's about a year between finishing a book, and it being published and appearing in book shops. I sort off forget about the books I illustrate when they're in no-mans land like that, finished, but not yet published.
I'd better go, because I want to catch it being read on CBeebies.
P.P.S. I just watched it on t.v. and not only is Tristam Gemmill rather delicious looking, but he read it really, really well. I was so exciting to see it being read, and see my pictures up on the television screen. I was watching it like it wasn't my book, and I was totally entranced! I've just got the link where you can watch it on iplayer for the next seven days, the link is here. Lovely! Have a wonderful weekend! Cheerio!