A Tale about Tails

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What do Kate Middleton and a tiny mouse have in common?  Both were part of the inspiration for Richard Peck’s newest novel, The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail.

What do Kate Middleton and a tiny mouse have in common?  Both were part of the inspiration for Richard Peck’s newest novel, The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail.

Author Richard Peck has written a total of 43 books, with about one releasing per year.  The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail is his second book starring mice.  The rest have been about humans.  Mr. Peck lives in New York City.  He is a very kind, tall, and talkative fellow.  Mr. Peck came to Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver on October 15 for a book signing and storytelling.  He explained to the audience about how he received the inspiration for this story.

When asked about how he came up with the idea for The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail”, Richard Peck replied that both of his mouse books (with the first one being Secrets at Sea) “finished on the same day in history, one room apart from each other,” in England.  Before, he had always written books about humans, but he decided to try something new.  Also, since many people loved his friend Kate DiCamillo’s The Tail of Despereaux, he decided to write a book starring a mouse as the protagonist!

Mr. Peck based his current book around mice at the Royal Mews, the stables within Buckingham Palace in London, because he and his sister were visiting there to see Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, which was on display for tourists.  Suddenly, a mouse ran over his shoe! Richard Peck thought, “he lives here, he’s a mouse of the Royal Mews!”  The story built on from there, with many funny adventures and cute illustrations.

 

Richard Peck is already working on his newest adventure.  He doesn’t want to go straight from writing about mice to humans so quickly, so he is writing about a four-legged animal that I look forward to reading.  Mr. Peck wants to share the following with the kids of Colorado: “within the pages of a book, and only there, you can go anywhere, and be anyone.”