Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

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Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears.jpg
First edition, 2007
Author Emily Gravitt
Illustrator Emily Gravett
Cover artist Gravett
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
3 August 2007
Pages 32 pp
ISBN 978-1-4050-8948-7
OCLC 228503432
LC Class PZ7.G77577 Em 2008[1]

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Emily Gravett, published by Macmillan in 2007. It won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the professional librarians as the year's best-illustrated children's book published in the U.K.[2][3] It was also bronze runner up for the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in ages category 6–8 years.[4]

It is represented as an activity book (intended for the user to document their own fears and how they overcame them) that has been filled in and illustrated by "Little Mouse". The front cover illustration shows the title Little Mouse's Emily Gravett's Big Book of Fears and a hole chewed by a mouse.[2] The book was published in the U.S. by Simon & Schuster in 2008. At least in the U.S., the title page also gives that form and notes, "Previously published in 2007 under title: Emily Gravett's big book of fears."[1] That is in the tradition of her first Greenaway Medal-winner Wolves (Macmillan, 2005), about a rabbit, which was published in the U.S. as "Wolves by Emily Grrrabbit".[5]

In the book are sketches and collages of some of the many things Little Mouse is afraid of, including creepy crawlies, sharp knives, and being eaten. The correct scientific name for each of these fears is given in the corner of the page.


  1. ^ a b "Little Mouse's big book of fears" (first U.S. edition). LCC record. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  2. ^ a b (Greenaway Winner 2008). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ "Feel the Fear and Win It Anyway... : Emily Gravett scoops second CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal". Press release 26 June 2008. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  4. ^ Nestlé Children's Book Prize Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine..
  5. ^ "Wolves" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2012-08-31.

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