Pigeon is busy. Very, very busy indeed. He is busy doing extremely busy business things and has no time at all to stop. He and all the other busy animals in the city are rushing here and there, heads down, looking at their phones and just being busy. In fact, he is so busy, he forgot to look where he was going and now, he is lost!
But here is Mouse and Mouse is not busy at all. Of course, he can help Pigeon find his way home… but look at all the interesting things they come across in the woods on their way. Mouse is fascinated by every small thing – a leaf, a feather – but suddenly it starts to get dark and he is worried that they are in fact both lost. However, the longer Pigeon is away from his busy life, the more he is forced to stop thinking about how busy he is and start to appreciate and admire the beauty around him. Maybe he is not in such a rush to be busy again after all.
This witty and beautifully illustrated picture book perfectly highlights how important it is for us all to take time out to appreciate the beauty of the world around us and spend time with friends and family. As we have all returned to a post-pandemic world, we seem to have forgotten the time when we were forced to do nothing and how our appreciation for the natural world around us grew. Young children will always want their parents and carers to just stop and make time for them and do more fun things; this book is a wonderful and timely reminder for adults to be more Mouse and not busy Pigeon!