Kiss Dad once. Cuddle Mum twice. Goodnight, Mum and Dad. Goodnight, mice. Its time to say goodnight but the four cheeky mice skittering and scampering and scurrying to bed don’t seem very sleepy! This warm, affectionate story is the perfect bedtime book for the whole family to share.
Frances Watts was born in Switzerland and grew up in Australia. Her bestselling picture books include Goodnight, Mice! (illustrated by Judy Watson), the winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Children’s Fiction; 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book Kisses for Daddy (illustrated by David Legge); and 2008 Children’s Book Council of Australia award-winner Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books (illustrated by David Legge). Her young adult title The Peony Lantern, set in nineteenth-century Japan, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2016. For more, visit www.franceswatts.com
Melbourne illustrator Judy Watson works from her home studio with views over bushland and the Sweetwater Creek. Her work is accompanied by the sounds of many wild birds, bees from the hive in her garden and the rambunctious wrestling of her two dogs. Occasionally one of her hens will crow. (Yes, they do.) She has illustrated over 20 children’s books but read a lot more. Her first picture book, Goodnight, Mice!, won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction. She has teamed up again with Frances Watts to create Leonard Doesn’t Dance. It is her most colourful book to date. judywatson.net