The Mouse Report


Ellie Churchmouse Reports on Upcoming Works written and illustrated by Erin Hernden.


As the summer of 2021 ends, author Erin Hernden releases Volume 2 Wish to Believe, in audio and e-book versions, for children and young people.  They will be available for purchase on this website,

Hernden believes these stories to be entertaining for adults as well.  They are multi-purpose stories for reading, listening, and performing.  They feature stories which can simply be read, or performed as plays, plus two original poems for narrated black light presentation or tableaux.  Younger children, who need help reading, will enjoy having these stories read to them, or listening to the audio books, as the colourful characters appear on each page.

In Toad Omnipotent, we meet twenty-eight characters from Northern Ontario’s forests, swamps, and lakes.  They are simultaneously wise, silly, amusing, and steadfast.  The cast of characters, in ten different tales, includes Toad Omnipotent, Versifier Jones, Grammie Girl Squirrel, Little Grandma Willahue, Pitchify Pine and The Unpleasant Pheasant.   Little Grandma Willahue is Toad Omnipotent’s Barometer Bear.

This Glorious Girl is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic, Anne of Green Gables.  The author explains how she thinks of  Anne in the following words.  “In spite of the pages Anne’s story is written on, Anne Shirley is not just a girl in a story.  Her courage and her imagination transcends literature.  This girl, with carrot coloured hair, freckles and pig tails akimbo, teaches us to think and contemplate and wonder, as only a kindred spirit can.”  This Glorious Girl when presented in a full theatrical production, offers main roles for some thirteen cast members and written to easily accommodate more children in the cast if required.

Puppets and Poetry features Courage was There and Easily Had, the Secret to it All was Just to be Glad – a narrative poem based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice, written for narration, and presented under black light.  Alice and the Mad Hatter and their cohort of colourful characters say their lines as they illustrate the poem.  Characters are black light puppets and live actors.

Next, we have a puppet tale Rapunzel – A Fairly Funky Fairy Story starring a human Rapunzel and a cast of Very Village Puppets – including King Lahdidah, Queen Loverly, and an ever so evil, Evil Enchantress.  The scariest villains in the story?  The Baker’s Bad Babies.

The author closes with a Christmas narrative poem for narration and tableaux, It Was All Slightly Odd.  In this poem, the heavenly host witness celestial laughter and reflection at the joy of children and little angels celebrating the Nativity.

Toad Omnipotent was written by the author this spring, and the other works in the past decade.

When used for drama the characters are as much at home in a make believe afternoon in the back yard as they are when produced as full plays by classrooms or school theatre groups.  Free, eye-popping background slides for Toad Omnipotent are available to schools from the author.

The audio versions delight with enchanting music woven throughout, while reading the e-books, or as standalone audio books.  These unique recordings were recorded locally.

The complete package of audio books includes over fifty voices which are all performed by Hernden.  The most difficult voices?  According to the author – a warty, funny, compassionate, bossy toad named Toad Omnipotent and a Royal Whispering White Pine named Versifier Jones.

The e-book version uses lush, bright backgrounds based on pictures she has taken over the years of the fauna, flora, and lakes of Northern Ontario.

Each four sections in the volume – Toad Omnipotent Part 1, Toad Omnipotent Part 2, This Glorious Girl, and Puppets and Poetry – are available for download in e-book and audio form.  The individual four e-books and the four audio books are priced at $ 5.00 each and the 127-page volume with the entire collection for $28.00, a savings of 30 %.  Purchase is available through this web site.

If you buy the entire volume of books,  you will receive a complimentary copy of the author’s first book, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, in e-book and audio formats.  The audio book for Ellie and Sammie includes lullabies sung by 2020 Juno-award recipient Soprano Kathleen Radke.   Ms. Radke is also the voice of the Outstandingly Beautiful Sound sung by Rapunzel in our puppet fairy story.  Kathleen is soloist and chorister on the Ottawa Bach Choir’s highly acclaimed 2020 Juno winning album Dixit Dominus, Lisette Canton proud to present these stories for children and others who wish to believe.

Erin Hernden, Author and Illustrator

Hernden’s Book Prepped for World-wide Sale

Published on January 8, 2017

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Published on November 09, 2016

Ontario children’s writer journeys to Prince Albert to record first audiobook

In 2011 Erin Hernden travelled to Prince Albert to visit family, take in the sights and record her first audiobook.


Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer Erin Hernden (left) recorded her first audiobook, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, in Prince Albert five years ago. It is now available on her website. Her husband Don (right) provided illustrations.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer had been working on her children’s book, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on-and-off for the past seven years, with her husband Don contributing illustrations. Once the story was finished, Hernden recorded herself reading the book, thought to herself, “This reads well,” and decided to enlist the help of some musical family members to bring the text to life. This month the final product was finally made available on Hernden’s website,

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