When we trace our own lifelong passion for reading back to its roots, a few special picture books come to mind. We don't pretend that they were necessarily the greatest works of children's literature. But they all had three things in common:
- 1. Characters we cared about.
- 2. Stories with compelling plots that still delighted us after repeated readings.
- 3. Charming illustrations that pulled us deeper into the world of the story.
This is the kind of book we aspire to publish at BraveMouse—quite simply, the kind that we loved when we were very young, and still love to this day.
Meet the BraveMouse crew:
Craig Canine is co-founder, editor, publisher, and general dogsbody at BraveMouse Books. He has worked as an editor and writer at several magazines, including Newsweek. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Smithsonian, OnEarth, Gourmet, Reader's Digest, Sunset, Eating Well, and The Atlantic. He is the author of Dream Reaper (Knopf and The University of Chicago Press). He lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.
A few of Craig's favorite childhood books: Prince Bertram the Bad (Arnold Lobel), Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (Virginia Lee Burton), Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Bernard Waber), Anatole Over Paris (by Eve Titus, illustrated by Paul Galdone), Hop on Pop (Dr. Seuss).
Molly wrote the story, created the characters, and designed the mouse-size sets for our first book, Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue. She has written and illustrated many children’s books, including Big Egg, Cat Traps, R is for Radish, Six Sticks, and Hot Dog (Random House); Fox Trot and Bookworm (Golden Books); Whose Footprints? (Thomas Y. Crowell); and The Great Snake Escape (HarperCollins).
Her books have been selected for the Children’s Book of the Month Club, featured in a Scott Foresman Addison Wesley reading-program textbook, and published in many foreign-language editions. They have garnered many glowing reviews, won an International Reading Association “Children’s Choice” award, and sold more than a million copies. She lives and works on an island north of Seattle, Washington.
A few of Molly’s favorite childhood books: Robert the Rose Horse (by Joan Heilbroner, illustrated by P.D. Eastman), Nobody Listens to Andrew (by Elizabeth Guilfoile, illustrated by Mary Stevens), Winnie-the-Pooh (by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard), Bread and Jam for Frances (by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban).
Olivier is a French photographer who lives in Provence. He specializes in lighting effects that create a magical feeling inside his photos. His work has appeared in magazines, books, advertisements, and galleries. He took the photos for Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue (and most of the photos that appear on this website).
A few of Olivier's favorite childhood books: Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mer (Jules Verne), Marvel comics (especially series featuring the X-Men and Iron Man, co-created by Stan Lee).
Cedric Lafaye & Florian Bayer
Cedric and Florian engineered and constructed many of the miniature sets for Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue. Both of them live in the South of France, where they work as Jacques of all trades, and masters of several.
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