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Bringing Down the Moon, No Place Like Home,
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Bringing Down the Moon

Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban

Mole's new friend, Mouse, is so special,
he doesn't want to share her with anyone
and decides to keep her a secret.

But some secrets are worth sharing.

 

UK

UK Paperback •  ISBN-10: 1406373249 • ISBN-13: 978-1406373240
UK Hardcover • ISBN-10: 1406330167 • ISBN-13: 978-140633016

 

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The first four Mole and Friends books have been very popular, with Mole’s adventures translated into 22 different languages around the world. However when my UK publisher Walker asked me to write a fifth Mole and Friends book, I decided the format needed shaking up a little.


This panel. taken from my favourite spread in the book, echoes the first Mole and Friends story, Bringing Down the Moon.

One trait of the earlier books was that each had a predominant colour; blue for Bringing Down the Moon, green for No Place Like Home, white for Diamond in the Snow and brown for The Best Gift of All. This colour trait arose by chance in the first two books (illustrator Vanessa Cabban just happened to illustrate them predominately in those colours) but once I’d picked up on this, I wrote the next two stories with a colour theme in mind. However there are a limited number of colours that occur naturally in Mole’s woodland habitat and I decided it would be too awkward to write a story maintaining this colour theme for a fifth book.

Having freed myself of this restraint, I found it relatively easy to come up with new ideas and I wrote two new Mole stories almost simultaneously. I started off writing an ecologically themed story called A Sweet Taste of Summer, but while I was in the middle of this my editor, Ellen Holgate, suggested introducing a new character into the series. This seemed like a great way to shake things up a little further, but a new character wouldn’t fit easily into plot I was working on, so I ended up writing a separate story, A Secret Worth Sharing, introducing Mouse, before going back and finishing the first story.

Having completed both, I couldn’t decide which one to send to Walker as my proposed fifth book. My wife and daughter both preferred A Sweet Taste of Summer, as did my agent Caroline Walsh, but I had preference for A Secret Worth Sharing. In the end I decided to send Walker both stories and A Secret Worth Sharing is the one they chose.

Although Mouse is meant to bring something new to the series, she is essentially a slightly smaller, female equivalent of Mole and I think one of the reasons Mole is attracted to her is that he recognises her as a kindred spirit.

My favourite spread in the book is the one where Mole shows Mouse the moon in the night sky, echoing his first sighting of it in Bringing Down the Moon. It’s not stated explicitly in the story, but there is meant to be a touch of romance in Mole and Mouse’s relationship and I think the need to share the things we cherish is a characteristic of the early stages of many romances.

 

This book
is for
Sophie

Illustrations © 2011 Vanessa Cabban. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd., London.

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Translation

Language
Title
Translator
Publisher
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Dutch
Ik heb een geheim
Annelies Jorna
Van Goor
9789047520917
   
France
Finnish
Myyrän suuri salaisuus
Raija Rintamäki
Mäkelä
9789518832617
   
Frisian
Mol hat in geheim
Hermien van der Meer
Afûk
9789062738694
   
German
Das allerschönste Geheimnis
Peter Ahorner
Annette Betz
9783219115143
9783868043655
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