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Tom the Mouse

I met Lois at an April Fool’s Tea Party fundraising event over a year ago. We hit it off when she said she once was a consulting technical editor for USC. Lois is a senior who wants to do something with her dormant skills. Since that day, I have referred work to her when my clients needed a proof reader. Every once in a while she would contribute jokes for this TGIF email blast. She would share anecdotes, poetry and even songs.

One day, Lois asked if I was interested in illustrating and helping to publish her children’s book. She said when her kids were growing up, she would make up stories to put them to sleep. In fact, they liked her stories better than books she would read. One particular story was about “Tom the Mouse.” She said she thought it up at the spur of the moment. “Tom the Mouse” was by far their favorite bedtime story because it allowed them to participate in making animal sounds. Lois would repeat that story over and over. Lois’ kids have passed on that legacy to their own kids and grandkids.  With a history of 60+  years, there was no doubt that I wanted to do this story. We met once and threshed out the general concepts and I made the illustrations and added a few ideas. We made it an interactive book where kids will learn to read, make sounds, and search for hidden images. At the end of the book, there is a double-page spread full of graffiti names on a wall. We hope parents and kids will enjoy looking for their own names. This project was more difficult than I expected, but it was fun.

Guess what? The book is out!  “Tom the Mouse” has just been made available on Amazon! Just do a search for three words: “Tom Mouse Lois” and you will find it. If you want to do me a huge favor, BUY THE BOOK! It’s a perfect gift to give to parents with young kids. It’s just over ten bucks. If you have Amazon Prime, 2-day shipping is free. Buy two and shipping is free. How’s that for a shameless commercial plug? Oh, and please give us some feedback and please spread the word. Thank you!

When I see Lois all smiles and excited showing off her book, I know I made the right decision. I know I helped make a dream come true. I know I created a legacy for my friend.

CLICK HERE to buy the book!

“A book is a dream you hold in your hands.”

— Neil Gaiman

TGIF people!

Important Question

Shared by Don of Kelowna. B.C.

Two Old Friends cartoon

funny video

Best Friends
Sent by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

This is one of the cutest videos ever. More cute than funny. I wish I had a friend like this when I was growing up … these days I have to settle for “The Cat.” (Still resisting her cuteness, though).


InterestingCrazy Success of “Crazy Rich Asians”
Sent by Art of Sierra Madre, CA

That movie is raking it in. This is a good analysis of this unlikely Hollywood success story.


Don’s Puns

From Don’s collection of puns

Don's Puns: Usain Bolt

Parting Shot

Thanks to Rodney of Manitoba, B.C. who shared this photo

Parting Shot: Memory Foam Mattress


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  1. Heather

    October 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Glad you’re promoting the book. Loved the boy and his dog story. What joy!



  2. Melanie

    October 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks, timing is perfect as we have some NEW kiddos in our circle of friends. My order is in with Amazon!



  3. Sheryl

    October 8, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks Raoul! I ordered 2! Cant wait to get it! 😃



  4. Pete

    October 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Raoul, Just ordered the Tom the Mouse. I am giving it to my 8-year old granddaughter. I’ll let you know what she thinks of it.

    Pete Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam


  5. Tom

    October 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Loved the Art along with the videos, especially the ones that follow the initial Videos, They just went on and on.



  6. Janet

    October 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks, Raoul,



  7. Hannah

    October 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm


    I like your bio in the book. Who wrote it?
    Best wishes on the sale.
    It will be a good Christmas gift for the grandkids.



  8. Mike

    October 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I ordered the book this morning, when I see you.
    YOU must sign it for me.



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