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Ned Mouse Breaks Away

Written by Tim Wynne-Jones

Illustrated by Dušan Petričić

  • 68 Pages
  • 9780888995940
  • 8.250" x 5.400"
  • Reading age to 8
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner


Publication Date October 01, 2004

Winner of the Rocky Mountain Book Award

Ned Mouse has been sent to jail. His crime? Writing "The government is unfair to mice!" in his spinach. But Ned does not like jail. He does not like his tiny cell. He does not like the food. And he does not look good in stripes. "I would give my right arm to be out of here," he thinks.

Thus begin his attempts to make a break for freedom. He tries digging a tunnel. He tries building an escape plane in shop class. He tries fleeing down the drain hole in the tub. Yet each time his attempts are foiled by the keeper -- the big gentle guard who has the brains of a tree but who is devoted to his job, which is to keep prisoners in their cells.

The years pass, and Ned very nearly gives up. Then one day he receives a letter from his long-lost friend Mort, who tempts him with stories of the beautiful sunrises at his house by the sea. Filled with new determination, Ned comes up with the most daring escape plan yet.

Winner of the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2005

Selected for the Canadian Toy Council Best Books 2003

Selected for the CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection) 2004

Long-listed for the Mr. Christie's Book Award 2004


Tim Wynne-Jones
Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of over thirty books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and of the Arthur Ellis Award. He is the recipient of many other prizes at home and internationally including the Edgar Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. In 2012 he was made an Officer to the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario.

Dušan Petričić

Dušan Petričić is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. Most recently, he has illustrated Snap! by Hazel Hutchins, Invisibill by Maureen Fergus and My Family Tree and Me, which he also wrote. Mr. Zinger’s Hat, written by Cary Fagan, was selected for the 2015 TD Grade One Book Giveaway. A former professor of illustration and book design, Petričić’s work appeared for years in the New York Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal and the Toronto Star. He continues to work as a political cartoonist for Politika and to illustrate for American, Canadian and Serbian magazines. He lives in Belgrade and Toronto.


"A very fine introduction to the not always gentle art of satire by one of children's literature's finest writers." Globe and Mail

"Funny, light and deliciously different." School Library Journal

"This breezy novel brims with chuckles...Wynne-Jones's light-hearted caper perks along, fueled by Ned's sardonic wisecracks." Publishers Weekly