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Two Tales of Twenty-Six

by (author) Stephanie Simpson McLellan

illustrated by Mike Deas

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2024
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Parallel adventures unfold in this unique book that holds two stories in one!

Meet Walter the mouse, who conquers the twenty-six cats that stand between him and the outside world, and – when readers turn the book upside down and back-to-front – meet Liam the boy who conquers the twenty-six letters of the alphabet so he can read Walter’s tale.

When these two stories meet in the middle with Walter outsmarting the cats, and Liam learning to read, the two protagonists enter each other’s world.

About the authors

Stephanie Simpson McLellan
is the author of the stunning The Christmas Wind, published by Red Deer in 2018, as well as a number of other picture books, including the award—winning The Chicken Cat. She lives in Newmarket, Ontario.

Stephanie Simpson McLellan's profile page


Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

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