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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Picture Book Follows a Mouse’s Funny and Unexpected Journey

Carlos the Mouse on Vacation,
 by "Mrs. D" (Olga D'Agostino)

               "A delightful bit of whimsy, written with humor, innocence, and a lively sense of the fun of adventure. The grandchildren loved it!"
Joseph T. Wilkins"( author of two published books)


New Picture Book Follows a Mouse’s Funny and Unexpected Journey

Children’s book author Mrs. D. shares a charming story of excitement, humor and adventure that takes readers to far-off places.

Galloway, NJ (PRWEB) October 20, 2011
Carlo the mouse lives a simple life in a Florida hospital, but always dreams of bigger things. "There must be more to life than a hospital," the plump, food-loving mouse and charming Mrs.D.’s character, thinks. The curious mouse has never been outside the four walls of his home and he has one unfulfilled wish – a Vacation. In this vibrant picture book titled "Carlo The Mouse on Vacation", young readers are invited to embark on a journey of the century with a daring mouse who takes center stage in an adventure bigger than his appetite. The book allows children to travel in their imaginations and promotes eagerness to see new things.
In a twist of fate, the nosy mouse unexpectedly finds himself on his adventures and misadventures by accidentally landing inside an opened car trunk, riding the wrong bus and boarding an airplane that takes him halfway around the world. Reminiscent of the successful animated film, Ratatouille, this book takes readers on a joyful ride to Paris, where the shrewd Carlo finds a way to survive the most unusual situations while dodging – or causing – mayhem along the way, touching readers’ hearts and making them laugh. Each new adventure teaches Carlo the mouse something about the real world and himself.
It also takes one-step back and shows that the best thing in life is self-discovery and there is nothing better than to like and be yourself. The book is written in a humorous style, easy to read for all types of readers. With funny characters and amusing illustrations by Juli Hasegawa, bursting on every page with colors and fun, "Carlo The Mouse on Vacation" gives parents, grandparents, baby sitters and those who love to read an interesting way for them to spend time together. The story allows young readers to self reflect and endorse individuality, and teach children not to lose themselves in today’s busy world.
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About the Author
Olga D’Agostino was born in West Ukraine in 1959. She grew up in a small village without TV and toys learning about the world through books. Her hunger for reading made her imagination grow and as a young adult, she wanted to be a journalist. The economic situation in her country shattered her dreams and instead, she finished Business College and worked in the food industry. She left Ukraine in 1992 with two small daughters. Having no children’s books and limited English, she used to make up bedtime stories for her daughters. Overcoming her fears, she wrote a few children’s stories in English with the help of her husband Patrick and daughters Viktoriya and Veronika. She lives in Historic Smithville, New Jersey, loves animals, traveling and gardening. She continues to write other children’s stories, which she plans to publish in the near future. The Trees Have Hearts is another book, soon to be published.
Carlo The Mouse on Vacation * by Mrs. D
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Picture Book; $21.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4628-4449-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4628-2993-4
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Begin a big adventure with your little ones, join CARLO THE MOUSE ON VACATION!
ISBN 13 (SOFT): 978-1-4628-4449-4
ISBN 13 (HARD): 978-1-4628-2993-4

Carlo the Mouse on Vacation is available as ebooks  on e-devices. To download e-books please go to:

Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse

Grab your boots and hold on to your hat, because you are in for an exciting trip! The new series of Carlo the Mouse has been born. Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse is the first in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. Each book will give readers an entertaining look into the life of a little mouse born inside a hospital’s walls. Clever, curious, and very impatient, Carlo the mouse dreams of the world outside the hospital. His parents teach him how to follow the rules and how to survive on his own, but Carlo’s insatiable desire for adventure constantly gets him in trouble. Will the little adventurer manage to survive when he leaves home? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next books on Carlo the mouse. Let your imagination soar in this full series of Carlo’s adventures!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We're Talking!
( Coming soon! ) ~

Listen to the news and keep your eyes open, because a curious little mouse has had his wish come true! Now We’re Talking! is the second in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. This nosy little mouse leaves home for the first time to explore life inside the hospital. But Hospitalia is a strange place, and there’s no place for him to hide. Cold, sterile, and unfriendly, the hospital looks nothing like Carlo had imagined while sitting at home. Before he knows what’s up, the kitchen staff are on his tail. Will the hungry mouse manage to trick the hospital manager, cook, and exterminator without breaking the rules his parents taught him? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next book on Carlo the Mouse, What’s Going On? If this clever mouse outwits you, don’t get discouraged. Keep reading and follow Carlo’s adventures!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 3: What's Going On?
( Coming soon! ) ~

Trouble! Where did that ravenous little mouse come from who's disturbing the peace in the hospital? What's Going On? is the third in a series of books on the adventures of Carlo the mouse. Carlo knew he was not supposed to go near the manager's office, but when the kitchen staff were chasing him, he made a choice that started a war. This is only Carlo's first time out, and already everyone is after him. Imagine what could happen when he learns his way around the hospital! He likes to eat, and is growing like a mushroom after the rain. Will this be the end of our curious little mouse, or will Carlo manage to outsmart the clever manager, angry cook, and sneaky exterminator so he can go home safely? You'll find out in Mrs. D.'s next books on Carlo the mouse. Remember, Hospitalia is a strange place .

Carlo the Mouse, Book 4: Rules Are for a Reason
( Coming soon! ) ~

More trouble for the Most Wanted Mouse! The hospital cook, manager, and exterminator have proclaimed war against the mice of the world! Rules Are for a Reason is the fourth in a series of books on Carlo the mouse. Always hungry, the curious little mouse snoops underneath each door, driving the hospital staff crazy. He’s constantly breaking the rules his parents taught him. One morning, Carlo wakes up sick. Horrified, he leaps from his bed and looks in the mirror—and finds he looks like a meatball! Fly disease? Mousesclerosis? Chickenpoxsclerosis? Sounds long! What sickness did the carefree mouse catch while exploring the hospital? Will Carlo turn into a chicken … or a frog … or maybe a prince? You’ll find out in the next book on Carlo’s adventures: Nothing Is Safe in a Mouse’s Life. If you want to know if Carlo will learn to follow the rules Papa Mouse and Mama Mouse taught him, you must read every day and follow your parents’ rules. More exciting adventures of Carlo the Mouse await you!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 5: Nothing is Safe in a Mouse's Life
( Coming soon! ) ~

A whisker-licking story of one kind little mouse! Who would ever suspect that Carlo would meet Fidel the cat inside the hospital? Who would ever believe that the tricky young mouse would outsmart the old cat? Who would ever imagine that for the first time in his life, the daring mouse would venture away from his home and find himself outside the hospital? Homeless, cold, and hungry, Carlo and his family face attacks from vicious birds. Throughout his dangerous journey, Carlo finds adventure aplenty. He learns about life outside the hospital and the dangers that mice face on a daily basis. Determined to return home safely, Carlo has grown up and finally understands why he must obey the rules his parents taught him. Follow the unexpected adventures of this bold little mouse!

Carlo the Mouse, Book 6: It's my life!
( Coming soon! ) ~

Once a mouse falls in love, almost anything can happen! His heart skips a beat! He can't eat, drink, or sleep! He is tossing in bed, losing rest and extra fat! He bleaches his brown hair and becomes a blond mouse! What is going on with Carlo? Papa Mouse is distressed. Is he getting a heart attack? Carlo looks like a bleached punk! Mama Mouse is in shock. Their little mouse has grown up, and he is in love with a cute mouse. He is getting married, dear friends! The young mouse gets his wish. He soon has a pretty wife and a bunch of kids, but he still dreams of seeing the world. Life is short, and a day can hold many adventures. Sliding off a roof, Carlo falls inside an open car trunk . Kick off your boots, hold your hats, and enjoy this book, my little friends.

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