Buy now on BookBaby, and locally at Red Canyon Art in Lyons, CO. Coming soon to Amazon. For young readers ages 9-12.

The Official Review

Spike Productions is excited to announce our latest Basketful Relief Project book: The Hyrax Song. Journee is not only a mouse but a princess who loves adventure, especially when she has them alongside her best friends, Mr. Toad, Mr. Owl and Mr. Steed. Not long after their very first escapade together, finding the legendary Pond of Reflection, the four companions find themselves in yet another wild exploit, that is decidedly dangerous and threatens the entire kingdom. It all begins with their discovery of a furry blob on top of a boulder one lovely Fall day, and a message for Journee’s father, the great mouse king. It quickly develops into an exciting adventure, with an unlikely plan that just might thwart a mysterious threat gathering in the Great Plains by the sea, north of the High Western Mountain. A plan that will require the help of every kingdom animal great and small, and a very special gift of the rock hyraxes, who live in the crags of the High Western Mountain. For Journee, the best part about these kinds of adventure? If one can survive them, one undoubtedly will make new friends.

The Hyrax Song, book 2 in The Pearls of Wisdom Series based on a Biblical Proverb is available for purchase at BookBaby, locally at Red Canyon Art in Lyons, CO, and soon to be selling on Amazon.

Spike Productions is delighted to team up with Boulder artist Brooke Connor of Brooke Connor Design to illustrate this epic adventure story.

The Author


Catherine (Cat) Ann Russell started her own digital multimedia company in 2002 called Spike Productions after a career as a professional research scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moved to action in 2019 to help address the infant and child famine crisis in Yemen, Cat spearheaded the Basketful Relief Project (BRP) to support emergency famine relief efforts through the publication and sale of children’s books. She has recently published three children’s stories through the BRP: The Little Book of Why, Get to Bed!, and The Pond of Reflection, the first book in The Pearls Of Wisdom Series. Cat lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed, and several farm animals including two burros named Nikki and Norman.

The Illustrator


Brooke Connor lives and works in Boulder, CO. She retired from a career as an environmental chemist after 28 years of left-brained activities, and now is a full-time right-brained illustrator. Brooke specializes in alcohol marker illustrations of birds and wildlife. Her style can be described as extremely colorful, imaginative, and whimsical. Other publications include works with her friend and author, Patricia Kittelson, including, Bixley Baines and the Beehive Fence, Bixley Baines and the Recycled Crayons, A Kid’s Guide to Bryce Canyon, and Cedar Breaks for Kids.

Spike Productions’ Basketful Relief Project (BRP) is a proud supporter of the BRP Save The Children Yemen famine relief fundraising page. Won’t you join us by clicking the link and making a direct contribution today? Thank you!