Project Description


Can I Come Too?

by Brian Patten
illustrated by Nicola Bayley

Join a tiny mouse as she searches for the biggest creature in the world.

A very small mouse sets out to find something special―the biggest creature in the world. Along the way she meets a menagerie of animals, including a frog, a badger, and a tiger. But which is the biggest of all?

From a world-renowned author and artist team, this gentle cumulative tale pulls readers along as every new animal joins the mouse on her journey.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-796-0
Publication Date: 10/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/4 ̎ x 10-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-218-5
Publication Date: 9/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2 ̎ x 11 ̎
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.2
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD530L
Themes: Adventures, Challenges, Courage, Cumulative Tales, Goals
BISAC 1: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JUV002180 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
BISAC 3: JUV029000 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General


“The meticulously executed colored-pencil illustrations, whether of feather or fur, ferns or foxgloves, are so exquisite that children will become lost in them. Stunning art, paired with a simple poetic text, pulls readers along as they wonder which animal they will meet next.” ―School Library Journal

“The evergreen ‘dream big’ message gets a gracious, nicely designed treatment here.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A classic children’s fable, with delicate, detailed, realistic portraits of each animal intron and perfectly cadenced pages of calm narrative conveying wonder and delight in the immense variety of living creatures.” ―Midwest Book Reviews


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary)Kansas National Education Association, 2015

Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) Diamond State Reading Association, 2015-2016

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Meet the Author

Brian Patten is the author of The Big Snuggle-Up, as well as several poetry collections for children. He lives in England. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Nicola Bayley has illustrated many acclaimed picture books for children, including The Big Snuggle-Up and The Jungle Book. She lives in England.