Mrs. Middlejoy and the Church Mice Sing!

Mrs. Middlejoy, Church Mouse

Mrs. Middlejoy, Church Mouse. Illustration by Kath Unsworth

Finally!  I can announce my latest projects:

I’ve even followed the Church Mice outdoors to catch them singing their own version of Jingle Bells.

Jingle Bells — “A Mouse’s Holiday”

New Looks all around…

I’m also very excited that my friend Kath Unsworth, Australian children’s author and illustrator has drawn a new cover for Mrs. Middlejoy and the Minister’s Cat — and inspired me to update Mrs. Middlejoy’s other covers.

Mrs. Middlejoy and the Minister's Cat cover

New Cover illustration by Kath Unsworth

 

Mrs. Middlejoy and the Haunted Churchyard new cover by Susan Call Hutchison

New cover by Susan Call Hutchison

 

New Cover for a brand new book by Susan Call Hutchison

New Cover for a brand new book by Susan Call Hutchison

Three Bic Pens, Two purple gloves, and a Partially Eaten Twinkie…

I first heard the mice sing last year as I was writing Father Churchmouse’s Christmas Eve Service.  They have been begging me ever since to let our readers hear the traditional Christmas Hymn, Carol of the Mice.    I finally found a cool recording studio and talked my friend Dave into letting me bring the Church mice in to sing.  I think it sounds remarkably like a mouse congregation, singing from their hymnals.

I decided to ask if they knew any more Christmas songs — and it turns out they have their own version of several of my favorite carols.  I tell you, it isn’t easy taking down dictation from a choir of church mice.  But I am a trained choral conductor and arranger, after all.

I am particularly proud of their lyric to Twelve Days of Christmas.  Just as Mrs. Middlejoy and Father Churchmouse almost understand what is going on in the human world, their lyrics echo what they must have heard the humans sing:  eight melted Milk Duds, six greasy crayons and five of those objects very dear to every mice:  golden Things.

All in all, this has been one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done.

Fellow writers, have you ever found a book branching out in a new direction because the characters insisted?  Tell me about it!

oOo

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About Susan Call Hutchison

A self-publishing author, editor and blogger. I have years of experience working one-on-one with readers and translators of English, at all levels of competence. My books include the Read-Aloud, Read-Along series and Mrs. Middlejoy's Church Mouse Adventures chapter books. I run an internet business from my home in Idaho and I tutor students learning English as a foreign language. Fostering literacy is my passion. I work to help families read, learn and enjoy creative time together.
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17 Responses to Mrs. Middlejoy and the Church Mice Sing!

  1. Flora Poste says:

    Dear Susan, I had breakfast while your mice sang the first Christmas Carol of the year: I laughed out loud! Congratulations on all of your new projects and the covers look amazing! The mice and Mrs. Middlejoy in particular are just adorable. With hugs from Ohio,Johanna

  2. This is way too exciting!!!!!

    I can’t wait to devour all your songs and stories and everything you’ve created!

    • Louise, that means so much to me! Hope you enjoy the free download at mrsmiddlejoy.com. I love how it turned out, capturing the feeling of creating, and sharing the experience with kindred spirits. (And it’s a short read!)

  3. Susan I am excited for you and love the new website, I hope everything goes well and you sell lots of christmas joy with those cute singing mice. Happy to be sharing the journey too!

  4. Sheryl says:

    Like Flora Post–this was first carol I’ve heard this season, and it brought a smile to my face. The song is so much fun! And, congratulations on the new website and book covers. I really like the designs.

  5. gpcox says:

    Oh now, that was just too adorable for words; fantastic, Susan

  6. Love this, Susan! And Kath is involved, how wonderful. I am bookmarking to come back and check everything out. Congrats!

  7. swabby429 says:

    Alvin’s distant cousins do the holidays. 🙂

  8. tinemagpayo says:

    Ohhh the Christmas feels :””> Such cutie patootie mice.
    Congrats on your successes. If it’s not too much, I just wanna know if you already wanted to be a writer as a kid 🙂

    • Thank you for visiting! Yes, when I was a little girl, I loved songs and stories and television, and I wanted to create the kind of stories and songs that I loved. I started writing very early, thanks to supportive parents and great teachers.

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