Charlie and Mouse
by Laurel Snyder
illustrated by Emily Hughes
A highly (full-colour) illustrated book perfect for children bridging picture books and fiction/chapter books. Four mini stories/chapters featuring the extremely endearing brothers, Charlie and Mouse. In the first two, they task themselves with arranging a neighbourhood party in the playground- Mouse puts on his teeny boppers, pink tutu and pointy cowboy boots; Charlie dons his wizard's hat and cape and...off they set! As they make their way through the neighbourhood, they pick up a merry band of children. Wonderfully upbeat and cheerful, full of rich and comic dialogue. Effortlessly inclusive with gentle challenges to gender stereotypes and starring mixed race protagonists within a racially diverse neighbourhood (plus background secondary characters, couple Mr Erik and Mr Michael, in the story 'Rocks'). Age 5-8, Paperback 36pp
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