Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Melissa Nassraway, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

It’s podcast Friday and if you’re not put off by the quest for fame, then have a listen to this thought-provoking tale of a mouse who wanted to make his name known. This interesting story is taken from one of acclaimed storyteller Hugh Lupton’s Barefoot collection, Tales of Mystery and Magic, wonderfully illustrated by Italian artist, Agnese Baruzzi.

Have a listen and tell us whether or not you would like to be famous and why. Some people want everyone to remember their name, others can think of nothing worse. Your answer could win you a copy of Tales of Mystery and Magic for you and your family to enjoy together.

This podcast prompted us to learn more about the ways in which some of our own authors and artists found fame in their craft. As you can see, there can often be a number of tries before you find the form that helps you to define who you are…

  • Hugh Lupton’s interest in traditional music, in street theatre, in live poetry, and in myth, resulted in him becoming a professional storyteller in 1981 (there were perhaps half a dozen in Britain at the time). In 1985 he formed the Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Pomme Clayton with a view to taking storytelling to adult audiences―until that point it had been perceived as an art form largely for children. Hugh has written Tales of Wisdom and Wonder, Riddle Me This, The Story Tree, The Adventures of Odysseus (with Daniel Morden) and Tales of Mystery and Magic for us.
  • SteveSongs wrote his first children’s song back in 1997 for his brother, then a first grade teacher. Positive feedback and inspiration quickly followed, leading Steve to record his first album, Morning ’til Night, in 1999. That same year Steve left his job as a business consultant with Accenture to pursue this adventure full time. He is now one of the most popular family performers in the US and his songs and videos have millions of viewers on PBS and YouTube. We are lucky to work with Steve, whose happy toe-tapping voice is behind Driving My Tractor and Knick Knack Paddy Whack. This Autumn, we’re turning his best-selling Shape Song (‘So Many Shapes’) into a book, so stay tuned for that!
  • Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, England, grew up in Derbyshire and studied graphic design in London, where she now lives. After graduating she worked in animation for a short while but gradually started to get commissions for illustration. Her whimsical illustrations bring best-sellers Listen, Listen and I Took the Moon for a Walk to life for children and families all over the world.

We can’t wait to hear your child’s reaction to ‘The Mightiest Mouse that Ever Nibbled Fat’, and don’t forget to let us know what you’d do to achieve fame, or whether you’d like to keep yourself to yourself. Leave us a comment and you could win!

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