• Evie Barrow

What The Reviewers Are Saying...

As Horatio heads out into the world we can only hope that our story will resonate with others. As my very first book I find this extremely nerve-wrecking. I wonder, given Karen's successes if she too gets nervous when a new book is released. That said, it's been reassuring for me at least, to read positive early reviews.


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Kid's Book Review, by Amie Sabadin

The combination of a story beautifully written in rhyme by award-winning author Karen Foxlee and illustrations with heart-warming textures, colours and details by Evie Barrow work together in perfect unity. An encouraging message about facing fears and speaking up for yourself, even if you feel shy leaves a strong impact.

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The Children's Book Council of Australia, by Fiona Miller-Stevens

This story deftly tackles a range of social issues in a manner easily accessible for children. Horatio experiences anxiety over attending the party and, once there, he tries hard to fit in. It’s when he witnesses the bullying of another, that Horatio discovers his own true strength. Foxlee’s skilful incorporation of big themes into this tale of a little mouse will have readers relating to this unlikely hero.
Evie Barrow’s delightful gouache and pencil illustrations add colour, innocence and joy to the pages. The images are created with warmth and affection which further endears Horatio to the reader.
Uplifting and inspiring, Horatio Squeak has a place in every primary classroom and is certain to become a favourite of children, parents and teachers alike.

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Thanks heaps!


x Evie


Horatio Squeak is published by Walker Books Australia 2019    |     Text © 2019 Karen Foxlee    |     Illustrations © 2019 Evie Barrow