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Children's Fiction Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Etc.

Sleepy Little Mouse

by (author) Eugenie Fernandes

illustrated by Kim Fernandes

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2000
Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2002
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2000
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


Sleepy Little Mouse is very tired, but she doesn't want to take a nap. When she begins to cry, her mother kisses her and tucks in the covers, reads her a story and sings her a song. But Sleepy Little Mouse just cries and cries.

She cries until her tears fill the room and she floats out the window and down to the sea. And there she plays with all the creatures until her mother comes to take her home --- for a lovely, and much-needed, nap.

The striking three-dimensional illustrations will entice children to look more closely at Sleepy Little Mouse's tiny world as they listen to this perfect naptime story.

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, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Winner, 3 Dimensional and Digital Illustrator Award - Silver Medal

Editorial Reviews

Based on a family story that Eugenie Fernandes told her own children, this revised version of the story has striking new illustrations. Kim Fernandes has not only mirrored the playfulness of Eugenie's spare, simple text but her buoyant Fimo illustrations create a sprightly sense of movement that truly makes the text come alive. The pictures also share the text's sense of humour - the mice live in a pale pink coffee pot and the little mouse's room includes a framed postage stamp, potted plant, and bright yellow bed made from a running shoe. This is a welcome addition to the literature for toddlers and preschoolers. Like other engaging books for the very young, ... Sleepy Little Mouse is certain to become a bedtime favourite.

Quill and Quire

This wonderfully imaginative story is vividly illustrated with colourful three-dimensional images of Fimo modeling clay. The story and illustrations will capture and stir the imaginations of young readers.

Calgary Herald

The Claymation-like illustrations ... are truly fantastic.


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