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Tom Mouse – The character


Tom Mouse is an inspiration to young mice around the world. He sees himself as an ordinary, curious mouse. Tom Mouse loves preparing for and taking on fantastic, extraordinary adventures. He is inspired and encouraged by Grandad Mouse, who was an explorer. Together they choose Tom Mouse’s next adventure by spinning his beautiful globe of the world. Tom faces difficult challenges on his adventures but he has great support from his loving grandad and from the wonderful friends he makes along the way. 

“... you can do it Tom Mouse!” 

Tom Barr – The Inspiration

The stories are inspired by the writer’s second son Tom, who was born with Down’s Syndrome and died in 2004, aged 7.
The books focus on the character Tom Mouse and his adventures and challenges, aided by the wonderful friends he makes along the way. The adventures are loosely based on the charity challenges which the writer has undertaken since 2005 for the Down’s Syndrome Association. These include: dog sledging in the Arctic; motorcycling across India and trekking to Everest.


For more details, including this year's challenge, please visit:-


Donations to the DSA can be made through:-  


DICKY BARR - The Author

Dicky was born in Edinburgh, and now lives in Letchworth Garden City, near London, with his wife and two children. Dicky is a professional engineer and has worked in London for over 35 years. He is also a dreamer, and is now living his long time dream, to write children’s books!

Dicky, a London 2012 torchbearer, fundraises for Woolgrove School in the UK and for the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Joanna Scott - The illustrator

Joanna has worked as an artist and illustrator for over twenty years with her work sold both nationally and internationally for clients ranging from Shreds for Harrods and Selfridges to Halcyon Days Fine Enamels in Mayfair, ITV and Paddington Bear & Co.

Her work in children's books includes some of the biggest selling brands in the world. She has worked for award winning children's author Lynne Reid Banks, as well as numerous publishers and authors with fantastic stories to tell.

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