Mississippi author writes ‘Scooter Mouse’ children’s book

By Earnest Herndon

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) – A new book about the elusive Scooter Mouse is already proving to be a bestseller, before it even gets publicized.

“Yesterday I sold about 100 copies out of my car,” Sarah Mangrum said after the book’s release.

“Scooter Mouse and the Teddy Bears” tells the story of the well-known McComb library mouse and his keeper, children’s librarian “Miss Mattie” Rials. The 32-page, hardcover, color picture book sells for $20 plus tax, with all proceeds to benefit the Miss Mattie Foundation scholarship program.

Alice Rhea Mitchell of Magnolia is the author. Former McComb resident Sheryl K. Perry of San Antonio, Texas, is the watercolorist. Melanie Thornton of the Enterprise-Journal did the graphic design.

The Magnolia Gazette Publishing Corp. published the book, which is available at the Flower Nook, 1406 White St., McComb, or online at www.missmattie.org. A reception and book-signing will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at McComb Library.

The story is a fictional account of what happens at the library’s annual teddy bear sleepover, where children bring their stuffed bears for a bedtime storyhour, then leave them overnight, rejoining them in the morning for breakfast.