The Subway Mouse

Written & Illustrated by Barbara Reid. Scholastic Canada

A little mouse on a big adventure!

Nib lives deep beneath the city, in a subway station the mice call Sweetfall. By day the trains thunder past. At night, the old mice tell stories of the mythical land known as Tunnel’s End, where the air is sweet and the nests soft, but where scary, mouse-eating monsters roam.

One day, Nib sets out on a quest to find Tunnel’s End. Along the way he faces danger, finds a friend… and discovers a place more wonderful than he ever dreamed.

Award winner Barbara Reid incorporates found objects into her acclaimed Plasticine art to create a glorious underground adventure.

Available in French

The Subway Mouse


  • Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2003
  • IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People With Disabilities 2004
  • Globe & Mail Top Ten Children’s Books 2003
  • Children’s Choices Selection 2006
  • IndigoKids Recommend selection


  • Finalist The Governor General’s Award for Illustration
  • Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award 2004
  • Honour Book CLA Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award For Illustration
  • Starred Recommendation, Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Catalogue

Seen from mouse-eye level, the grimy, wonderfully detailed setting adds a tongue-in-cheek air, as well as making a properly vivid backdrop for this intrepid venture into the unknown.

Kirkus, starred review

Children will enjoy poring over the detailed images of the world from a mouse’s viewpoint, and many will see themselves in intrepid Nib, who feels at odds with his cacophonous family and dreams of a sweet, cozy nest of his own.

— Booklist, starred review

Reid’s artwork is outstanding.

— School Library Journal

****/4 …a visual feast for readers. Her delightful take is just the right length for reading aloud to primary age group at story time or bedtime. Highly recommended.

— Canadian Materials

Toronto author Barbara Reid’s Plasticine art renders Nib’s garbage-strewn subterranean world as enchanting as the starlit sky and grassy lands that ultimately greet him.

— Maclean’s Magazine

This satisfying story pictures the continuum of life; growing up, leaving home, and beginning a new life.

— Parents Choice Foundation

Every page an intriguing work of art

— The Toronto Star

Book illustration, "The Subway Mouse", client: Scholastic Canada.  © Barbara Reid Book illustration, "The Subway Mouse", client: Scholastic Canada.  © Barbara Reid Book illustration, "The Subway Mouse", client: Scholastic Canada.  © Barbara Reid

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