What are we, Papa?’ the toy mouse child asked his father. ‘I don’t know,’ the father answered. ‘We must wait and see.’ Profound, funny, imaginative, unique, The Mouse and His Child follows the spell-binding adventures of a wind-up tin father and son who are broken, thrown away and then imperfectly mended by a tramp. They set out on a path of great adventure and peril on a quest to become self-winding, but, despite its dangers their journey provides opportunities for self-discovery and acts of heroism which they would never have experienced had they stayed whole and had never left the house they were bought to perform’ in. A book full of layered meaning and cracking puns which can be read over and over and will keep yielding new delights as your child moves into adulthood.