The mozzie with a sharp snozzie by Irina Goundortseva
Big Sky Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9781925275773
(Age: 3-5) Irina Goundortseva's colourful picture book explores the messages of self-acceptance and belief in your own abilities.
A little mosquito loves to watch the beautiful butterflies fluttering their pretty wings. When the mozzie finally gathers the courage and asks to join the butterfly group, it is rejected. The butterflies even call the mozzie names. When the butterflies become caught in a collector's net, they need the skills of the little insect to rescue them. Disguised as a butterfly with petal wings, the mosquito bites the human's hand and the butterflies all escape. The moral of the story is to be comfortable with who you are.
Different use of font sizes and easy to read text placed on a white background make this picture book suited to young readers. The soft watercolour and ink illustrations are bright and lively. This gender-neutral story is appealing to read to kindergarten and preschool children.