Ned Mouse Breaks Away by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Ned Mouse has been sent to jail. His crime? Writing "The government is unfair to mice!" in his spinach. But Ned does not like jail. He does not like his tiny cell. He does not like the food. And he does not look good in stripes.
"I would give my right arm to be out of here," he thinks. Thus begin his attempts to make a break for freedom. Yet each time his attempts are foiled by the keeper.
The years pass, and Ned very nearly gives up. Then one day he receives a letter from his long-lost friend Mort, who tempts him with stories of the beautiful sunrises at his house by the sea. Filled with new determination, Ned comes up with the most daring escape plan yet. He'll mail himself to Mort, piece by piece. And all he needs for his plan to succeed is the cooperation of the gullible keeper.
Award-winning author TimWynne-Jones brings his wit and humor to bear in this gently subversive fable. Pen and wash illustrations by Dusan Petricic beautifully capture Ned's despair, hope and determination, and cleverly convey the bizarre conceit of his masterful escape plan.

About Tim Wynne-Jones

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Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of over thirty books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and of the Arthur Ellis Award. He is the recipient of many other prizes at home and internationally including the Edgar Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. In 2012 he was made an Officer to the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario. Dusan Petricic is a world-renowned cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer. He has co-authored/illustrated more than thirty books, including Mattland (by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert), which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Ned Mouse Breaks Away (by Tim Wynne-Jones) and When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew (by Jan Andrews). Born in Belgrade, he now lives in Toronto, where he works as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator for the Toronto Star.
Published February 1, 2003 by Groundwood Books. 68 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Finally, Ned hits on a hilariously improbable solution: he mails himself off piece by piece to a friend ("Mouse started small: some claws, a whisker or two, and his funny bone.

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