Shelly the mouse

This was my final assignment for illustration class. This assignment was about draw at least 7 pieces illustrations for a story book. So I chose an online children story "Shelly the mouse" from Bed Tyme Tales. This story wrote by Debbie Williamson, she is also the creator for the webside.

After finished all the illustrations, I need to put the text in the illustrations and design a cover for this story. This book made by myself. The making of book cover was the most hard job for me.

The front page of the book.

I used digital paint to draw the illustrations. I very love this part, Mr. Cat protected Shelly and her mother when they were in the city.

Back cover for the story book.


I asked Debbie Williamson for allowed me to post the story "Shelly the mouse" at here. She agreed me to do that, so these are the illustrations for "Shelly the mouse" and the story:

"Shelly, hurry on!" Mother Mouse yelled. "We have to get going. Your cousins are going to be waiting for you."

"Oh Mother!" Shelly cried. "I don't want to go to the city to see my cousins. There will be nothing to do there."

"Shelly," Mother Mouse said. "There is lots of things to do in the city. There are parks to play in and beaches to swim in."

"Yes," said Shelly. "And pollution to breathe and fast cars and trucks to watch out for. Why do I have to go?"

"Shelly," Mother said. "I'm not going to tell you again. Get your suitcase and lets get going."

Once on the train to the city, Shelly started to enjoy herself. She saw many tall buildings and lots of people walking around. About the only thing that really annoyed her was the number of cats that were running loose in the streets.

"Mother!" Shelly exclaimed. "Why are there so many cats running around? I don't like cats! They may try to eat us for lunch!"

No sooner had Shelly said this, then a huge grey and white cat showed itself around the corner of the train.
"Mother!" yelled Shelly. "Watch out!"

Mother hid behind one of the many suitcases in the luggage compartment of the train where her and Shelly were sitting. The cat sniffed and sniffed.
"It's getting closer!" Shelly screamed as she joined her mother behind the suitcase.
"For heavens sakes, Shelly," Mother screamed. "Please be quiet. Maybe the cat will go away if he doesn't know where we are."
"Come out little mice," the cat said in a friendly voice. "I'm not going to hurt you. I just want to be your friend."
"Yeah right!" Shelly exclaimed. "That will be the day when a cat wants to be our friend."
"Hush child," Mother cried.
Just then, another huge cat came into the compartment. He looked more vicious and more dangerous than the first cat. This cat had long claws and long sharp teeth.
"Hey Mr. Cat, any mice in here?" the second cat asked.
"No Wilson," the first cat replied. "There aren't any mice in here, but I did see some down the other way."
"Mr. Cat!" exclaimed Shelly when the second cat had disappeared out of sight. "You saved our life!"
"I told you I wasn't going to hurt you," the cat said.
"Thank you Mr. Cat," apologized Mother Mouse. "I'm sorry for misjudging you. You really are a nice cat."
Mr. Cat stayed with Shelly and Mother Mouse throughout their stay in the city. He protected them from any dangerous cats that were lurking around.
Shelly had a different opinion of the city now that she had Mr. Cat to take care of her and her mother.

"I feel safe," Shelly said.
"So do I," Mother Mouse said. "It sure is nice of Mr. Cat to look after us while we are in the city."


  1. Wow it is amazing how good my story looks. I'm very impressed!!!

    Sincerely yours, Debbie Williamson author of Shelly the Mouse.

    P.S.: You can find Shelly the Mouse and other stories at

  2. Dear Phoebe, wow!!!!!!!!!!!

    Apart from some small inaccuracies, mainly in the introduction you've made, the story is soooo nice and your work is really...really wonderful.


  3. Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for your admiration ^^ Hope you will visit my blog again.


    Dear Na,

    Thank you ^^ I was so happy and successful when I finished this assignment. My lecturer also praised me when I presented this art work. Except the typography used in the story book, all is quite well.

  4. My dear Phoebe,
    As far as I understood, the author of this story is Debbie Williamson. So, you just did the wonderful drawings to bring life to this Bed Time Tale.
    Well, I must say I loved it. You know, Phoebe, I started writing for children, some months ago. I wish I could find here somebody as good as you are, to draw for me. Your animals are so cute and sweet. I am absolutely amazed with your capacity to draw so nicely.
    Maria Letra

  5. Hello Phoebe!

    First, I would like to introduce myself as this is my first visit to your blog.
    My name is vitor Chuva, from Portugal,and we share a common friend - Fernanda, from whom I've learned about you being an English student and a talented drawer.It happens that, just like you, I'm also studying Shakespeare`s language at CPE level. I've done the first year, and will be back at school next September, to prepare for the final exam (this, in case I decide to do it). If you ever feel I may be of any assistance, please feel free to let me know. This is a nice blog you've got here-congratulations; I'll be coming back.

    All the best for you!

    Vitor Chuva

  6. Hello Phoebe!
    Sorry about the mistake I've made about your being an English student; my fault not Fernanda'S.
    Still, and apart from that, all the rest of what I've said still stands.

    Warm regards.

    Vitor Chuva



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