In Scooter Mouse and Rabbit, Rabbit falls from Alexander’s backpack after Story Hour with Miss Mattie and hides under the circulation desk until Scooter Mouse rescues him and engineers a hide-and-seek reunion. Twenty-one watercolors by artist Sheryl K. Perry illustrate the text written by Alice Rhea Mitchell and dedicated to children’s librarian Mattie Rials.
The tale of Scooter Mouse and Rabbit began in 2013 as a long poem, “Rabbit’s Habit,” after Perry requested that Mitchell write about her grandson’s stuffed rabbit’s hiding, i.e., being lost. To reduce the length of the manuscript, Perry recommended a prose version. Mitchell tried and then set the writing aside until after Scooter Mouse and the Teddy Bears evolved. Then Perry asked if Scooter Mouse and Rabbit could have an adventure, and Mitchell’s imagination took over. As always, Perry’s illustrations capture the story.
Published by the Magnolia Publishing Corporation, Scooter Mouse and Rabbit, the second in the series of Scooter Mouse books, debuts with signings featuring Miss Mattie along with Perry and Mitchell on February 5 at Lemuria Books in Jackson, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M., and at the Magnolia Public Library, 3:00-5:00 P.M. The book, which sells for $20 plus tax, will be available for purchase at the event. Other signings scheduled locally include February 6, 3:00-5:00 P.M., McComb Library Meeting Room and February 8, 10:00-11:00 A.M., Liberty Library and 3:00-5:00 P.M., Tylertown Library. The publisher will contribute a portion of the proceeds to The Miss Mattie Foundation.
Following the signings, both books in the Scooter Mouse series will be available at the Magnolia Gazette office, Gulf South Gallery, and Flower Nook.