Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.
You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.
I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
The Cat and the Mouse is he third book I received from the author Mike Lockett, and actually had probably been our least read. Not because we don’t like it but because we prefer Hickory Dickory Dock and Monkey and Rabbit Together, plus pre-school keep borrowing it!
The story follows a familiar pattern, and is based on an lesser known Mother Goose rhyme. It reminds me a lot of The Old Woman and her Pig which was just funny to us as kids because it was so absurd.
The Cat and the Mouse follows a similar line. The cat bites the mouse’s tail off and says she will only give it back if the mouse gets her some milk. Only the cow won’t give the mouse any milk unless he gets her some hay, and the story continues. It’s a little more logical than The Old Woman in her Pig, no talking to inanimate objects, but I liked that about the Old Woman and her Pig.
However the children do enjoy this version. Because it’s quite repetitive they can join in easily, and start to know what’s coming next with a few readings. They love to shout “No” at the mouse.
The Cat and the Mouse is not available in the UK but you can get it shipped from The Book Depository for free: