Today, with a small but impressive drum-roll, and a barely audible fanfare from teeny tiny trumpets, we announce the launch of the THIRD Adventuremice book, Mice on the Ice. This time there’s a festive feel in the air: the sea around the Mouse Islands has frozen over and the mice are all getting excited fro their annual Frost Fair. But when the ship that’s sailed to the mainland to nab some festive goodies gets stuck in the ice, it’s up to the Adventuremice team to save the day.
As usual with Reeve & McIntyre productions, the story was devised by both of us amid much giggling, then I wrote the words (with some help from Sarah), and we did the roughs together. Then Sarah spent MONTHS AND MONTHS drawing and painting the final artwork. I think she’s outdone herself this time - the chilly backgrounds make the interiors feel even cosier, and the colours really zing against the whites and greys of the ice. All the images are original watercolours, and if you’d like to buy one you can - Sarah sells them via the ‘shop’ section of our website, Adventuremice.com, and a lot of them are surprisingly inexpensive. (Adventuremice.com is also the site to visit for free Adventuremice quizzes, drawing guides, games, colouring sheets, etc.)
Sarah has also painted a limited edition bookplate for the fabulous Page 45 comics shop in Nottingham - there are only a hundred of these, and they’re only available if you buy a copy of the book from Page 45 (they ship internationally). But our publishers, David Fickling Books, have produced some sticker sheets for independent bookshops, so if you buy Mice on the Ice from your local indie you might be able to get stickers too. (When Sarah and I took our Adventuremice Roadshow to Bath Children’s Literature Festival last week, one girl in the audience had already got hold of some stickers and applied them liberally to an icy background which she’d drawn herself - an excellent idea!)
I’m really enjoying working on this series, and it’s nice to see them go from strength to strength as we get to know the characters and their world. The fourth book is already in production, and we have more lined up after that. Please support your local Adventuremice!