‘The Mouse Who Wasn’t Scared’ is published!

The day has come. ‘ The Mouse Who Wasn’t Scared’ is published.

It is the fourth book with the character of Little Mouse.
4 The MOuse who wasn't scaredFour books is quite a lot considering that I had no ambition to do a series of books.Mice

I wrote the second book ‘The Mouse Who Ate the Moon’ on holiday just sitting on the beach and looking at the moon. I think it was the time when I fell in love with the character of the dippy, child-like mouse, who makes me smile.

I was looking through the published books and I knew that the fourth book should be somehow different. It wasn’t worried about the story , but I wanted the artwork to stand out and to make the book look different from the others. I love woods. I like drawing and painting them as much as I like walking in them.

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The inspiration for the book I found by going through my sketches and paintings from woods.Mouse_interiors-04 07.59.34

There is something appealing about the monochrome colour of the tree trunks and occasional colour of the leaves on the ground, the mushrooms, or even the colour of the Mouse’s stripy socks as a matter of fact.3 2

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Here are some of the first sketches for the illustrations.IMG_4596Painting the big animals was fun.Mouse_interiors-09I loved painting the moose.

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The book is about the fact, that we all are sometimes scared of something and often different people are scared of different things.Mouse_interiors-05 copy

Mouse_interiors-11Is the fluffy pussycat REALLY the most scary thing in the woods, or is it the wolf, or is it the bear…?

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It usually takes at least a year from finishing working on the book to the moment when the book is published.

Looking at these sketches brings back memories.

IMG_4436I had a good time and enjoyed enormously illustrating ’The Mouse Who Wasn’t Scared’.  The book took me to the woods although it was at the time just in my imagination.

Mouse_interiors-13When I finally received the advance copy of the book I was thrilled. The colours were right, the book felt good in my hand and it smelled nice too. Nothing less than I would expect from my publisher, so thank you Walker Books! And thank you to my editors Louise and Denise for their hard work and support.Mouse_interiors-02I hope you will enjoy reading the book!

Drawing in the Woods

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I love walking, mushroom picking, painting and drawing in woods. I LOVE woods!

Whenever I go back to the Czech Republic I spend as much time as I can in woods.

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Woods smell good and they are quiet, peaceful places to be. I get lots of ideas for books just being there.IMG_2608
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If it was just up to me I would have a picture of woods in every one of my books!IMG_7172

My publisher won’t allow me. Enough is enough they say.

O.k. …I can’t blame them.IMG_7189Here are a couple of illustrations and sketches that haven’t made it into the books….yet.

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Oh, actually this one did make it. It is from my book called ‘Dlouhá cesta’ (The Long Journey).

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Here is a sketch of a wooden shack.IMG_4982

And here is an illustration from the book which is coming ..very…very SOON! Mouse_interiors-10And you know what? Most of that story is happening…in the WOODS!