Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unassuming picture book speaks volumes about the nature of friendship. Softly brushed, suggestively textured illustrations depict a "curious little mouse" and a "curious little cat" who become fast friends. Neither one pays attention when their mothers are teaching them about the world, and so, when they meet, they do not know they should be enemies. After their initial surprise ("I have never seen an animal so different from me"), they see if they frighten each other, and then they throw themselves into the serious business of playing. Their enthusiastic friendship inspires their siblings to overcome their trepidations ("How could you be friends with a cat?" "How could you have fun with a mouse?") and embrace the unexpected camaraderie. Bogacki's warmhearted text is eloquent in its brevity. Humor lingers just beneath the surface of the narrative, stopping it from slipping into sentimentality. Likewise, the frolicsome kittens and mice are saved from greeting-card cuteness by their tentative expressions, oversized heads and clumsy, stiff-legged play. The artwork is both wistful and solid. While invoking no particular sense of time or place, Bogacki's gentle, dreamy landscape of smudged grays, greens, and browns comes to seem recognizable and real. A simple, appealing book. Ages 3-5. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-KA young mouse and a kitten pay no attention to their mothers' explanations of the ways of the world; thus free from prejudice they encounter one another and have a wonderful day playing. When they each report back to their families, the other little mice and kittens come together and romp happily. Bogacki illustrates this simple parable with what appear to be tempera paintings in a lively style made childlike by deliberate awkwardness in the depiction of the animals. While this doesn't quite measure up to Leo Lionni's work, it has charm, and the idea of being friends with others who look different bears repeating.Pam Gosner, Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ
An insipid story about making friends, hauntingly illustrated with soft-edged, simplified geometric forms and scumbled colors.
A cat and a mouse are each being taught about the world by their mothers, but they aren't paying attention. They find each other in a green meadow, remark on their differences, try to scare each other, and end up playing all day. That night, the mouse's siblings ask, "How could you have fun with a cat?" while the cat's siblings want to know "How could you be friends with a mouse?" The next day all the cats and mice meet in the meadow and play until their mothers call them home. Confusingly, the pictures show the cats and mice about the same size most of the time. This underlines the didacticism of the story while belyingwithout much imaginationthe natural predator/prey relationship of the animals involved.