Cat spies Mouse by Rina A Foti and Dave Atze
Big Sky Publishing, 2018. ISBN 9781925675344
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Themes: Tolerance. Respect. "In this picture book Cat spies Mouse is a fun and interactive story about an arrogant and impatient cat who comes head-to-head with a humble and patient mouse. Mouse, although small, is a game-changer who asks big questions. With each of her thought-provoking questions, Mouse is taking small but powerful steps to make the world a better place. Fun and entertaining illustrations from Dave Atze provide additional depth and cheeky humour to this simple story with a big message." (Publisher)
This is a lovely story about a stuck-up cat and a humble mouse. It has easy to read text. The book challenges norms; just because that is the way thing have always been it does not mean that is the way they should be or that is the way they are meant to be. Mouse is not afraid to question the norms and ask why. Mouse is able to change dog and cat's thinking about what is normal through asking questions. This book fosters discussions about tolerance, acceptance and respect. It also encourages children to ask question about the world around them and how it works.
I highly recommend this book for 4+