Author(s): Tony Wilson; Laura Wood (Illustrator)
This story is for anyone who has ever wondered just why the mouse was running up and down the clock as it struck one. The rhyme has been told, and song sung, for generations, and in Hickory Dickory Dash Tony Wilson and Laura Wood share with us just what could have happened in the preceding few hours to cause a mouse to behave in such a way.
With her children vanished, and a cat in hot pursuit, the tension builds as the valiant Mother Mouse continues the frantic search for her missing babies. What will happen to cause her to take up clock-running at the appointed hour, and will she find her children, evade the cat, and manage to get them all safely home?
Woods’ illustrations mesh seamlessly with Wilson’s verses to take readers both young and old along with them on a danger-filled adventure with a satisfyingly happy resolution.
Tony Wilson is the author of much-loved picture books including Grannysaurus Rex, Harry Highpants, The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas, and The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, which won the Honour Award for the CBCA Book of the Year in the Younger Readers category in 2016, and was selected as the National Simultaneous Storytime title for 2017.
Laura Wood is an independent illustrator living between Melbourne, Bristol and Milan. She grew up in the north of Italy devouring books, drawing on the kitchen walls of her parents’ house and imagining animals could talk to her and become her friends. Now she spends her days creating visual worlds and truly enjoying every minute of it.