The Little Mouse Santi

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A Kirkus Reviews' Best Indie Book of 2015

Meet the little mouse Santi—he may be small, but he has a big dream! This beautifully illustrated story explores one of the most important aspects of a child’s life, the search for identity. Santi wants to be a cat, and even though all the other mice laugh at him, he follows his dream. This timeless story ends with a whimsical twist as Santi learns a valuable lesson about self-determination while also learning he is not the only dreamer!


David Eugene Ray spent most of his life rambling, including a stint in the U.S. Navy and years playing music and Ultimate Frisbee. He has been a school teacher and an educator of the life aquatic. He lives in New Orleans. Santiago Germano is a technical digital animator, who studied illustration techniques and character design. He works in games, movies, short films, television series, and children’s books. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.


"A clever picture book with an unexpected punch line that will delight young readers . . . Ray’s text is spare and approachable . . . accessible to beginning, independent readers . . . Clever text is elevated to a true delight by Germano’s wonderful, cartoonish images, which look like they wouldn’t be out of place in a Studio Ghibli animated film . . . Full of kid appeal."  —Kirkus Reviews, starred review