The Grumpy Hamster @ The Hungry Caterpillar Cafe

Long Eaton, we’re heading your way! After a lovely workshop afternoon at the Hockley Hustle, we’re excited to be taking this grumpy little guy over to Long Eaton for a session at the lovely Hungry Caterpillar Cafe. 
The workshop will be taking place in the Community Room above the cafe, and you and your little one will get a chance to hear the story, play some fun games, exploring what happens when we get angry and how we can change our crossness into useful stuff. Also you’ll get to make your very own Grumpy Hamster to take with you.

The cost of the workshop is £8 and includes your own copy of The Grumpy Hamster to take away with you, which would usually cost you £6.99! Bargain, huh?! And if you have more than one grumpy child, then any extra siblings are just £2. 

If you’d like more information, please drop us an email to, or simply book a place by clicking the relevant button below

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The Grumpy Hamster Anger Management Workshop @Young Hustlers #2

Thank you to all of you who joined us for some seriously grumpy crafty, storytelling fun at Young Hustlers in Sneinton.

We LOVED sharing our brand new story with you, ‘The Grumpy Hamster’ and hearing all about what makes you feel really cross.

The hamsters you made were nothing short of incredible! I can’t believe how GRUMPY they all were!  Turns out hamsters get cross about the same issues as us humans.

Remember to order your copy of the book so you can talk about your crossness at home too.

Have a look at all these amazingly grumpy hamsters you made…


The Grumpy Hamster

Look inside ‘The Grumpy Hamster’

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The Grumpy Hamster is fed up with feeling cross.  Luckily he meets a wise old pigeon  who tells him a secret…

“You can turn your crossness into useful stuff.”

A particularly grumpy picture book for young children.

Ships to UK only

£6.99 (+£2 p&p)

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The Glowing Snowman

Look inside ‘The Glowing Snowman’

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The Glowing Snowman –                      

Written by Helen Goodbarton, and illustrated by Sophie Johnson-Hill 

A lonely snowman is left in the woods, wishing for some company, when an accident with a firefly suddenly changes everything…

A charming Christmassy picture book for young children.

Ships to UK only

£6.99 (+£2 p&p)

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The Snowman Glows!

What a year, hey? We’ve been busy down at Sojo Publishing Mouse.

After Sophie visited our schools and got some amazing creations from the children involved she beavered away at the illustrations (although there are no beavers in the finished book; squirrels and rabbits, yes)

Helen spent the majority of the first half of the year learning how to Mum. The plan was to also to write a few more bits and bobs, but turns out Mumming is super tricky! Luckily Helen already has 2 or 3 projects up her sleeve anyway.

Then came October, and it all started coming together. And there was this little campaign

Which was just amazing! 138 backers helped us raise money to print all our books, and have funds to help market it and invest in further projects.

So now we have these! And we’re ready to get them out there, at just £6.99 each (plus p&p)

…well, nearly ready. Helen just has to set up the online payment portal for you, do please check again at the weekend, it should be ready.

But if you’re super eager, and can get yourself to Nottingham, head to the Five Leaves Bookshop who have our first few copies on their shelves!

OR you can join Helen on the 1st December at The Milk Lounge in Beeston for a reading/workshop session for 5s and under (please book via our Facebook page) where copies will be available for sale.

OR you can head to the Sherwood Community Centre Christmas Fayre on the 3rd of December for similar, as well as a few left over goodies from our Kickstarter!

So, here we go! The Snowman Glows, and the Mouse has been let loose. It’s all go, go, go!

‘The Glowing Snowman’ Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter campaign pic

Hooray! The Glowing Snowman Kickstarter campaign is live and already creeping towards the halfway mark.  We have 11 days left to hit our target of £3000 or we get nothing…nada…zilch!

We hope you enjoy our slightly bonkers campaign video.  Apologies about the badger poo.

Please check out the rewards because they are all designed to make your Christmas very easy.

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Sojo Publishing Mouse comes to Cotgrave Church of England Primary School.


Yesterday we were at Cotgrave C of E Primary School to meet the BRILLIANT kids in reception, year 1 and year 2, to pick their brains about the illustrations for our brand new Christmas story ‘The Glowing Snowman’, to be published October 2017. Thank you to all of the children and the staff, Sophie loved her morning with you.

If you would like a Sojo Publishing Mouse workshop at your school you can send us a message via our Facebook page or email