ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 10, 2016
Little Terry Tiddlemouse: Time for Tea and Dressing Up: No. 2
By (author) Joan Porter; Illustrated by Jessica Excell
This is the second book in the series by Scottish author Joan Porter. It is written in verse that rolls off the tongue in an easy and memorable way. She used to recite the verses to her own children as they were growing up and also in Pre-school playgroups, so they have been well-tried and tested. This volume tells of the party pranks of Terry Tiddlemouse and his brothers Snitch and Snatch. Other friends are introduced including Mollie Mole with her claws so long and sharp, who blunders in the daylight but is nimble in dark; or Hector Hog who sniffs and snorts looking for his dinner, and without whose spines hedgehogs would look thinner. Jessica Excell’s illustrations are a delight and capture the fun and humour of the verse. Kids will love the variety of character while also learning about the creatures who inhabit our countryside. Like the first, this volume has the makings of a minor classic.
Joan Porter will be 85 at the date of publication. She was born in Kilberry on the west coast of Mid-Argyll, and moved to East Loch Tarbert when she married. Here Joan and Bill brought up their four daughters. The verses began life as stories about the countryside creatures whom Joan had known as a youngster. Over time, the stories turned into verses. Joan did not write them down until she became a supervisor for the Tarbert playgroup. Husband Bill always wanted to see the verses published, but life always took the family on to the next step and Joan was too modest to pursue it herself. Now Bill has passed on, and Joan lives in sheltered housing in Bearsden Glasgow, where she is surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The book came into being thanks to Joan’s daughters, who wanted to celebrate their mother’s life and make sure her verse was published. The verses recollect their very happy childhood.