It’s the Big Day – Mouse’s first day at school. Surely this is exciting but Mouse is not at all sure. In fact ‘I don’t want to’ is his grumpy response to everything. Many families will recognise this reaction.
Indeed this is a book firmly rooted in an everyday experience for parents and small children. Starting ‘school’ – even one as friendly as Mrs Owl’s Twit Twoo School – is daunting for the very young. Lydia Monks takes this familiar theme and creates an enjoyable, recognisable and reassuring story that can be shared with the family or with the class. Her child friendly images and bright saturated colours are immediately engaging and recognisable. Lydia is already well-known for her picture books – Babbit, Mungo Monkey and her collaboration with Julia Donaldson with books such as What the Ladybird Heard. Now young fans will be able to enjoy the homely adventures of Mouse as he joins Twit Twoo School making new friends and encountering new experiences. Mouse’s Big Day is just the start. Perfect for story boxes whether in the public library or the classroom and for the home library, this will be welcomed by young and old alike.