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Cat Spies Mouse Hardback

(1 customer review)
Authors: Rina Foti Illustrator: Dave Atze
10/Jan/2022
Children, Fiction, Inspiration, Social Issues
32
Hardback
230mm x 260mm
9781922615213
$19.99

What happens when impatient and arrogant Cat spies humble and patient Mouse? Uh oh! What happens when Dog spies Cat and Mouse?

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.

Rina Foti

Rina Foti

Rina Foti’s acclaimed picture books have been published internationally and translated into different languages. Rina’s inspiring works have been described as ‘delightful’, ‘humorous’, and ‘fast-paced’. Rina believes that early childhood is a crucial time for ‘planting the literacy seed’ if children are to develop a life-long love of language and literacy. Rina is the author of 6 children’s […]

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Dave Atze

Dave Atze

This is the story of an ordinary boy… when he was a kid everyone thought he was quite odd. Always drawing quirky things and talking in funny voices while he drew. Until one day he stumbled across a weird looking pencil stuck in a sharpener. On the sharpener it read: whomever pulleth this pencil from […]

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1 review for Cat Spies Mouse Hardback

  1. When Cat spies mouse, he grabs him and tells him he is going to gobble her up. But being a feisty mouse, she disagrees and asks, “Why would you do that?” And so begins a back-and-forth conversation about the fairness of bigger being allowed to eat smaller because “that’s the way it is”. Mouse, who must be terrified, nevertheless has courage and tries to convince Cat that it would be better to be friends, but Cat is not interested until along comes D-O-G!
    Told entirely in conversation with different coloured text identifying each speaker, this is a charming story about assumed power invested by size – just because you’re bigger doesn’t make you in charge – and it will promote discussion about whether being little means giving in or having rights. Is Cat (or Dog) a bully? Mouse’s arguing against the status quo is very reminiscent of little ones who feel injustice keenly but who don’t quite know how to get something sorted, although they are determined to win and make their own world fairer. Having the courage to speak up for change is a big lesson in assertiveness, and while parents might end the conversation with “Because I said so!” it is nevertheless a sign that their little one is maturing and gaining independence.
    The illustrations are divine – set on a white background, all the emotions and feelings are contained in the animals’ body language and facial expressions that even without being able to read the words for themselves, very young readers will still be able to work out the story and participate in that crucial pre-reading behaviour.
    Don’t be fooled by its apparent simplicity – this is a thought-provoking read that we can all take heed of, regardless of our age!

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