Rising star Joe Todd-Stanton brings his unique, modern illustration style to an inversion of the classic Aesop Fable of The Lion and the Mouse, as Julian the Mouse learns that sometimes, having a friend over for dinner can be just the right amount of variety in your day.
When the fox tries to sneak into Julian's burrow for a tasty bite of mouse, it finds itself stuck headfirst in Julian's front door! At first alarmed and wary, they soon find themselves having a lovely dinner together, and it's not long before each realizes that they have found in the other a lifelong friend.
Joe Todd-Stanton is from Brighton and grew up drawing with his mum. He studied Illustration at University of the West of England, afterwards moving to London where he currently resides. His children’s book, The Secret of Black Rock, won the Waterstones picture book of the year prize in 2018 and since then he has written and illustrated seven books with Flying Eye Books.
"Easily able to become a classic, this gorgeously illustrated book conveys messages about the importance of friendship and taking the time to look at people a little deeper. Animal and story lovers will enjoy this ultimately sweet story of a mouse named Julian and the unexpected development of a friendship with a fox."—YA Books Central
"The illustrations are beautiful. Rich in color, and incredibly detailed, you could just look at the pictures and enjoy the book."
—Youth Services Book Review
"A Mouse Called Julian is an excellent read and beautifully illustrated . . . It’s the best story for little kids to practice trusting and helping honest strangers who actually need help."—How Useful It Is