The Happiest Man in the World

Mouse doesn’t like people. She doesn’t like anyone.

Then one day an old man comes to stay. A miserable old man. As Mouse begins to think of ways to cheer the old man up, she slowly learns what it is to be happy.

“It’s a wonderful feeling when you make someone happy. It’s the best feeling in the world, don’t you think?”

  • "an accomplished story, complemented by matching artwork from a new illustrator." — The Bookseller (19/9/2008)
  • "a delightful picture book to read at Christmas - the man is Santa, in case you haven't guessed." — The Bookbag
  • "A Christmas story about the nature of happiness and the importance of giving, with full page, evocative and detailed illustrations making it ideal for classroom use." — Book Trust
  • "a classic story about the joy of giving." — Child Education

I wanted to write a story about someone very famous – someone even more famous than the tooth fairy – but to keep their identity secret right to the last page. The instant I realised who the famous person would be, the whole story came to me at once and I wrote it in two days. It was like a Christmas gift.

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