Karina Schaapman is a Dutch wife, mother and politician. Mouse Mansion is based on the real-life Mouse Mansion, which she created. The mansion is made from cardboard boxes and papier-mache, and it has more than a hundred rooms, corridors and outdoor spaces. For the interior, Karina used vintage fabrics from the fifties, sixties and seventies plus various types of waste material. Mouse Mansion includes many autobiographical moments from Karina's life as well as her husband's. Karina says: 'I was inspired by bringing up my own four (now grown) children. Their development made me see what is important to children, such as building huts, sharing secrets, love and being looked after. But also learning that looking different or experiencing different customs and rituals does not have to be threatening, but that you can learn from your neighbours, that they enrich you.'
'Frankly, things don't get much cozier. An enchanting oversize book
filled with pictures of undersize wonders.' The Wall Street
'Schaapman's ingenious miniature interiors are certain to captivate all ages.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
'Dollhouse aficionados will be thunderstruck by Schaapman's engrossing debut ... The mice lead humble, contented lives, and their mansion is sure to astonish.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)
'Fascinating to look at. And with 64 pages full of stories, this one guarantees plenty of bedtime reading.' Practical Parenting
'A real sense of being inside this magnificent mousey microcosm will hold adults and children in thrall.' West Weekend