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King Mouse

King Mouse is a picture book by Cary Fagan.

Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dena Seiferling

King Mouse finds his authority in question when his subjects find crowns of their own. A gentle and humorous modern fable about imaginative play and kindness in the tradition of classics like Little Bear and Frog and Toad.

A sweet, thoughtful tale of friendship, sharing and play, King Mouse begins when a mouse comes upon a tiny crown in the grass. The mouse puts the crown on his head, and when a bear subsequently comes upon him and asks if he's king, the mouse responds "Yes."

This diminutive monarch settles into his new role very comfortably… until a snake comes upon a crown and claims she is queen. The mouse is not amused, especially when one by one the other animals find crowns and claim they are kings too. But when the bear can't find a crown, King Mouse make a most surprising decision.

This inspired collaboration between an award-winning author and debut picture book illustrator Dena Seiferling is quietly profound in its simplicity and has the feeling of a modern classic. (From Tundra Books)

King Mouse is a finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration. The winner will be announced on Oct. 29, 2019.

Cary Fagan is the author of six novels, three short story collections and several children's books. He lives in Toronto.

Interviews with Cary Fagan

"The Old World and Other Stories" is the title of Cary Fagan's new book for adults. Cary collects old photographs from antique stores and sales, and each story in this collection was inspired by a unique photo that is included in the book. 2:48

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