The Project


Are you ready for an adventure? Come along then! This is a story in progress, developed by award winning Danish illustrator Kiri Østergaard Leonard. On this website you will be able to follow the process as it takes shape and get a glimpse into the grand adventure to come.

The Story


Spot illustration of the sacred acorns for the story of Montague Mouse, art by, 2016

In a last-ditch effort to save the Moorwood, the Parliament of elders elects the incredible Marten, the bravest and quickest of them all, to escape with the last surviving acorns of their woodland home. He must do so before they too are consumed by the foul swamp rot, brought on by a knot of vicious toads – but what happens when the hero fails?


A little boy, who wouldn’t grow up, once said: “To die would be an awfully big adventure.” And that is how this story begins: Everything died.


Montague Mouse is an emotional, magical story of dark corners, friendships, perseverance, self-doubt and above all hope.


Warning: This is a tale of misfortune, but even in misfortune fortune can be found.

The Creator


My name is Kiri Østergaard Leonard. I grew up in the small village named Boeslum in Denmark, Scandinavia surrounded by beautiful Northern nature and a wide variety of farmstead animals. While still living in Denmark I attended The Academy of Fine Arts in Aarhus, before leaving my home country behind to pursue my studies in illustration at Pratt Institute in New York City. I now reside in Austin, Texas where I thrive as a full time illustrator.


I draw upon inspiration from my own childhood, along with nature, mythology, folklore and fairy tales. You can find my full illustration portfolio at

Montague Mouse and the Unicorn © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2016

The Characters

Montague Mouse


Our protagonist Montague (Pronunciation:ˈmɑːntəˌɡjuː) is a very small mouse. Up until tragedy struck he was content to spend his days munching on his favorite food and relaxing. Raised by Squirrels he is an avid climber and a huge fan of acorns.

Montague Mouse: Ride with Arthur


Arthur is a happy go unlucky frog and a fiercely loyal friend. In a swamp full of toads he is oddly enough also the only frog and abnormally bigger than most of his fellow amphibians.

More to come, check back soon!