Traveler Series

"Absurd," Said Bird

In Book 1 Mouse promises to bring back cheese for every farm animal to help him build the plane he thinks he needs to get to the moon. He ignores Bird who all the while warns Mouse that his plan is absurd. The fun comes when we discover the reason Bird calls the plan absurd in this short and to-the-point tale. By Book 2 we begin following Mouse as he teleports from National Park to National Park

What Bird Heard

In Book 2 of this Traveler Series, Mouse and Bird are busy at work resolving Bird’s Book 1 mistake– trying to fly an airplane to the moon. Everyone knows it takes a rocket. But are there any other things Mouse and Bird need to be aware of?

One day someone said they thought that the subject matter of the Traveler Series needed a stronger character than Mouse. Of course, I asked the illustrator, Ginger Neilson, what she thought and here is what she said:

I think the idea of Mouse as the central character is the most logical one to carry on the series. Young children will love the idea of a tiny creature as a hero-adventurer. This is a key to the idea that anyone can do anything if they work at it, however long it takes.

Mouse is at a disadvantage because of his size. Yet he finds a way to follow his dream and brings the reader along.

This is the essence of any adventure. Never give up.

It brings home the important message to all races, ages, and genders that you need not give up. It is because of the efforts that this small Mouse puts into every task that the message of never giving up will make an impression on any reader.

—Ginger Neilson