More on Miss Mattie and the original artwork for Scooter Mouse and the Pothole

Written by Alice Rhea Mitchell and Illustrated by Sheryl K. Perry

Scooter Mouse and the Teddy Bears (2016. 2018)

Scooter Mouse and Rabbit (2019)

Scooter Mouse Finds the Library (2019)

Scooter Mouse Finds Christmas (2021)

Scooter Mouse and the Pothole (2021)

My Mama’s Closet (2013)

Our Game (2017)


About Mattie Rials:

After directing her own kindergarten, Mattie Rials joined the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library in McComb, Mississippi, as children’s librarian. With joy and love, she has promoted literacy for generations of children through Story Hour with the assistance of Scooter Mouse.  

Representing Pike-Amite-Walthall Library, Scooter Mouse won The John Cotton Dana Award from the American Library Association for outstanding library public relations in 1976. In addition, Miss Mattie received the first Kaigler-Lamont Award presented by the Children’s Book Festival in 1998. 

Her Wednesday Friends also won national recognition as the longest-running program for the developmentally and intellectually disabled. Established in her honor, The Miss Mattie Foundation offers competitive college scholarships to deserving high school seniors from the tri-county area.     (from Scooter Mouse Finds Christmas)

A portion of the proceeds from the Scooter Mouse books supports The Miss Mattie Foundation.

Scooter Mouse and the Pothole Artwork

Scooter Mouse and the Pothole Artwork

From artist Sheryl Perry

“Previous adventures of Scooter Mouse as well as My Mama’s Closet and Our Game were told in pure watercolors. Scooter Mouse and the Pothole seemed to be the perfect opportunity to play with mixed media and to combine textures with collage elements. Many of the illustrations are in watercolor only; or they may have accents of collage, such as the picture of Miss Mattie talking to Scooter Mouse. Some of the illustrations are a combination of collage accented with acrylic paint or watercolor. For example, see the photo of the first page with houses and the boy on bicycle. Collage papers included scrapbook paper, mailing envelopes, magazines, tissue paper, construction paper, old sheet music, and candy wrappers. Each illustration was sketched on 140 lb. watercolor paper and then painted or enhanced with collage applied. Golden regular gel medium was used as an adhesive. The collage had to dry thoroughly before paint was applied. The end pages were collaged first and then painted over with watercolor. The page with red and blue lights on the tree was collaged, then painted with watercolors, and then collaged again with various green papers added as leaves. The lights are connected with a green gel pen.”