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The Subway Mouse

illustrated by Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price

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Award-winning author and illustrator Barbara Reid incorporates found objects into her acclaimed Plasticine art to create a glorious underground adventure featuring a little mouse on a big adventure.

Nib lives deep beneath the city, in a subway station the mice call Sweetfall. By day, the trains thunder past. At night, the old mice tell stories of the mythical land known as Tunnel's End, where the air is sweet and the nests are soft, but where scary, mouse-eating monsters roam. One day, Nib sets out on a quest to find Tunnel's End. Along the way he faces danger, finds a friend . . . and discovers a place more wonderful than he ever dreamed.

About the author


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


Barbara Reid's profile page


  • Commended, Children's Choice, International Reading Association
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Applied Arts Magazine, Complete book Category
  • Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, Honourable Mention
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Young People's Literature - Illustration
  • Commended, IBBY Canada, Outstanding Canadian Picture Book

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Subway Mouse:

Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz AwardWinner, IBBY Outstanding Canadian Picture BookCBC Bookaboo SelectionGlobe & Mail Top Ten Children's Books of 2003Finalist, Governor General's Award for IllustrationHonour Book, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrators' AwardShortlist, OLA Blue Spruce Award CCBC Our Choice, Starred SelectionOLA Best Bet

"Barbara Reid's Plasticine art renders Nib's garbage-strewn subterranean world as enchanting as the starlit sky and grassy lands that ultimately greet him." —McLean's

"Reid's observant eye and magic with Plasticine make every page an intriguing work of art." —Toronto Star

"The Subway Mouse has just been nominated for a Governor General's Award in the category of kids' lit illustration, and it's plain to see why. Reid's plasticine art is remarkable . . . Reid is a master at what she does." —Books in Canada

*"Reid creates a charming, lively adventure in short, smoothly paced sentences, but it's her marvellous collage illustrations that really bring the characters and the richly imagined world to life." —Booklist, starred review

"Reid's artwork is outstanding . . . Young children will pore over the details and older children will get ideas to create their own pictures." —School Library Journal

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