The Mouse and The Bean

By Mark Richards — Illustrated by LeBinh Beattie

The story

The little grey mouse was sitting on a thimble when suddenly a bean bonked him on the head. This wasn't any bean, it was one of Jack's magic beans. Find out what happened before Jack climbed the beanstalk...

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About the Author

Mark Richards has always wanted to share the adventures of the Little Grey Mouse, which is his first book that he's actually finished writing. When he's not trying to fill the house with LEGO bricks, he's teaching his children to make up new words to old songs. Every so often he eats a bean to see if the magic will happen for him.

Mark lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and two children. One day he hopes to expand the little grey mouse's adventures into a media empire to rival Disney. Watch out, Mickey!

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About the Illustrator

LeBinh Beattie (pronounced Lay-BIN BEE-tee) is proud to have illustrated The Mouse and The Bean — the first book she has illustrated and had published. She enjoys creating artwork using different materials, such as coloured pencils for The Mouse and The Bean, and clay to create mugs, bowls, and plates.

LeBinh lives in Canada with her Quaker Parrot named Pumpkin. She likes good stories and magic. She likes to eat all kinds of cheese. And she loves animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, and even little grey mice.

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