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Busy Little Mouse

by (author) Eugenie Fernandes

illustrated by Kim Fernandes

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2002
Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2004
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2002
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


As Busy Little Mouse hurries outside for the day, he meets a pig, sheep, cow, cat, duck and horse. As his playmates are introduced, they each have something to say --- like oink, baa, moo, meow, quack and neigh!

The rhyming text and three-dimensional artwork invite children into a world of color, movement and fun. Busy Little Mouse is sure to become a favorite read-aloud at the end of any busy day.

About the authors

Née en 1943, près de New York, Eugenie Fernandes puise son admiration pour les animaux et la nature dans les souvenirs de son enfance. Son inspiration, elle la doit en grande partie à son père, illustrateur de bandes dessinées, avec qui elle passait de longues heures dans son studio.En 1965, Eugenie Fernandes obtient son diplôme de l'école des Arts Visuels de New York et commence alors sa carrière en tant qu'illustratrice. Elle réalise des cartes de v?ux jusqu'au jour où on lui suggère de consulter un agent. Peu de temps après, Eugenie publie sa toute première histoire.Eugenie a écrit ou illustré plus de 80 livres dont Grosse journée, petite souris! et Caféolait s'en va-t-en ville. Parmi ses thèmes préférés, on retient ceux de l'eau et de la nature que l'on retrouve dans des livres tels que Des vagues dans la baignoire ou encore Lina et l'arbre magique. Elle vit aujourd'hui dans le sud de l'Ontario et travaille depuis sa maison dans son studio surplombant un lac et la forêt environnante.


Kim Fernandes is one of Canada's foremost 3-D illustrators. Previous books include "Zebo and the Dirty Planet," "One Grey Mouse" and "Gifts to Make with Model Magic." She lives in Port Perry, Ontario.

Eugenie Fernandes, Kim's mother, is an equally talented author and illustrator. Some of her best-known books include "Waves in the Bathtub," and "A Difficult Day." She lives in Ontario.

Eugenie Fernandes' profile page

Kim Fernandes is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Her other books include Sleepy Little Mouse and Busy Little Mouse. She lives in southern Ontario.

Kim Fernandes' profile page


  • Winner, Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Childrens' Choices, International Reading Association
  • Winner, Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council

Editorial Reviews

Eugenie Fernandes' rhyming text is bright and appealing. Kim Fernandes' intricate three-dimensional Fimo illustrations are full of life and movement. They also enrich the story with charming visual repetition. This book should prove to be a popular read-aloud story and a hit with its young audience.

Quill & Quire, Starred Review

Librarian Reviews

Busy Little Mouse

What do all the barnyard animals have to say? Woof, oink, baa, moo, meow, quack and neigh, of course! Toddlers will delight in the simple rhyming text and three-dimensional artwork. Originally published as a hardcover in 2002 (Our Choice 2003 Starred Selection).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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