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The Grouse and the Mouse

A Scottish Highland Story

Emily Dodd
Kirsteen Harris-Jones


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9781782502029 Publication date: 16th July 2015
Genres: Animals, Humour Theme: Environment Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
Bagpipe the Black Grouse thinks he's the most magnificent animal in Scotland. He feels sorry for Squeaker, the little brown wood mouse.

But when danger comes, Bagpipe finds he needs help from his small, brown friend…

A gentle but funny story about celebrating our differences, full of sounds and actions.


'A delightfully funny and heartwarming story of two very unusual friends, animals who learn to understand their differences and work together. Charming illustrations luring the reader into the beauty of the Scottish countryside add to the appeal.'
-- Armadillo

'A delicious fable, subtly given a new lease of life, absolutely fab!'
-- Read It Daddy

Praise for Can't-Dance-Cameron by Emily Dodd:

'A wonderful, gentle wee story about learning to believe in yourself, and discovering what you are good at.'
-- Dorky Mum blog

'... if you like your creatures resolutely Scottish, there is always The Grouse And The Mouse... which follows Bagpipe the puffed up and pompous grouse and Squeaker the wood mouse, as they find out just who really is the most magnificent animal in Scotland.'
--Herald Scotland

'The illustrations by Kirsteen Harris-Jones work well. The setting is unmistakably Scottish, and the animals are beautifully depicted, with amusing facial expressions. This story would also be fun to read aloud, with a lot of opportunities for audience participation.'
--Agnes Guyon, SLA

Grouse and the Mouse


Emily Dodd is passionate about science, wildlife and storytelling. She is a screenwriter for CBeebies science programme Nina and the Neurons and has written and presented science shows for the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Edinburgh University, National Museums Scotland and Our…

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Kirsteen Harris-Jones completed a BA in children’s illustration for publishing, and has worked in advertising, graphic design and animation. She’s now a freelance artist living in Shropshire with her husband and three children. She is the illustrator of The Grouse and the Mouse and No…

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