Let’s Say I Am, a children’s short story by Richard Jones

A holiday read – 12 Days of Stories, Day 3: a prize-winning mouse’s tale

Illustration: Belinda Evans

Illustration: Belinda Evans

Let’s say I am a mouse. I’m not a mouse. But let’s say I am. What sort of mouse would I be? I’ll answer for you. I’d be a brown-haired field mouse who likes books. I think you’ll agree with that. I see myself now, sitting at your bedside, reading a book ten times my size. You turn the pages. I read out the words. Afterwards, I curl into the tiniest mouse ball and sleep in a hollow on your bed. I notice how careful you are when you roll over.

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