How many books about Carrie Mouse are you planning to write?
As many as God wants me to write! Right now, I have topics for about ten more stories…but only one or two of them actually have a storyline. The next one planned is about Carrie learning to play the piano.
Will Carrie Mouse ever have a sister?
Quite possibly. The new baby is a very common topic for children’s books, and Rebekah and I have discussed having Carrie’s mom have twins in a later book. Though if we were accurate, Carrie would have quite a number of siblings, as the average number of mice in a litter is 6-8 and a mouse can have up to 10 litters in a year.
What was it really like to have a mouse in the garage?
It was so long ago, my memories are rather vague. I mostly remember you trying to scare it away every time you had to open the door to the garage so it wouldn’t come in the house. That and my dad scaring it with the blower and scooping it up in an old piece of gutter.
How many times did you consider publishing this book before you decided on sculpted illustrations?
Actually, only once. We wanted my cousin to draw the pictures, but that didn’t happen. By the time I got into the publishing world and started thinking about publishing it again, Rebekah had learned to sculpt and I wanted her to do the illustrations. The problem was, I was thinking about having her create little figures to pose in the original locations and something just didn’t seem right about it. That was what kept coming to mind again and again, but I didn’t figure out why it didn’t feel quite right until I checked in Barbara Reid’s The Night Before Christmas while working at the library and the lightbulb went on.
How has working in a library impacted the publication of this book?
My job at the library has impacted it immensely. First off, I never would have seen Barbara Reid’s illustrations if her book hadn’t come through the circ desk while I was working. Without that, there would have been no lightbulb moment and I would still be wondering just what was wrong with my vision for the book. But also, working at the library has taught me so much about picture books, and books in general. I’ve seen so many different styles and designs and it has given me an opportunity to study book design in a way I never would have otherwise. In fact, when I was struggling with the text on the cover, I went to work, studied the covers of the easy books on display as I shelved, came home, and got it right. But it’s so crazy how much variety there is in book design. It blows my mind.
About the Book
Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?
Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!
About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.
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About the Illustrator
Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.
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