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Mouse and Mole: Lo and Behold!

Written by Joyce Dunbar

Illustrated by James Mayhew

Part of the Mouse and Mole Series

Early Years Key Stage 1 Adventure Stories Animal Stories

LoveReading View on Mouse and Mole: Lo and Behold!

Celebrate this festive season with three brand new Mouse and Mole short stories

November 2021 Book of the Month

Christmas is coming! First there is the wonder of snow and then there is all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas. Finally, it is Christmas eve and Mouse and Mole have to wait patiently for Father Christmas to arrive…Three charming short stories all matched with beautiful and warm hearted illustrations make this a perfect book to share at any time and especially in the run up to Christmas!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Mouse and Mole: Lo and Behold! Synopsis

Celebrate this festive season with three brand new Mouse and Mole short stories by Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew.


Mole wakes one morning to find the ground is covered in snow! Mouse and Mole decide to build their very own snowy friend – Snowmole – but Mole doesn’t want to leave him alone so decides to keep him company all night long and wakes to find another snowy surprise.

Lo and Behold!  

Mole is impatiently waiting for Christmas to come when Mouse presents Mole with a brilliant gift – an advent calendar! Mouse and Mole use the advent calendar to countdown to Christmas and complete all the festive chores that need to be done and before they know it…it’s Christmas Eve!

A Bump in the Night

Late at night on Christmas Eve, Mouse and Mole are getting ready for bed, when they realise they’ve forgotten a few important tasks – putting the stockings by the chimney, leaving the mince pies and cherry brandy out for Father Christmas and sending their Christmas lists – but as they finish these jobs something goes BUMP! in the night…

Mouse and Mole: Lo and Behold! Press Reviews

Praise for the Mouse and Mole series: 

‘This cosy pair enjoy the gentlest of Kenneth Grahame style adventures, making plans for picnics, overindulging in roast chestnuts and toasted muffins, and trying and failing to get rid of excessive clutter; the perfect antidote to real-world worry.’ Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian 

‘perfect for newly confident readers — and far superior to standard reading schemes.’ Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, 6 June 2021 (The Secret of Happiness) 

‘A lovely book for independent reading, or, as we read it, with the three of us curled up under a blanket together – followed by ‘animated discussions’ as to who got to take it to bed to read again!’ The Mammal Society (A Fresh Start) 

‘Although unlikely companions, Mouse and Mole are the bests of friends and these stories celebrate true camaraderie- that ease of being together which those who truly care for each other enjoy. Each story is delightfully illustrated, full of warmth and whimsical charm. A real delight!’ North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award (The Secret of Happiness)

‘I love all the Mouse and Mole books, but this is beyond wonderful. Joyce Dunbar’s text is warm and loving - and offers real philosophical thought. James Mayhew’s glorious illustrations are the perfect match.’ Vivian French (A Very Special Mouse and Mole)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781914079658
Publication date: 21st October 2021
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: James Mayhew
Publisher: Graffeg Limited
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1
Topics: Adventure Stories, Animal Stories, Festive Fiction

About Joyce Dunbar

Joyce Dunbar was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books for children include This is the Star, which became a world-wide best-seller, and Mundo and the Weatherchild, which was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The popular Mouse and Mole series has been animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. She lives in Norwich. Read the author's Q&A here.

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