"Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have now done a dozen picture books together. Their robust sense of humour, plain common sense and pure fun in addressing all that is most mad about our attitudes to parenting makes them essential for readers aged 4+, whether or not they are ready to venture out of the nest.

Colin, a mouse, is the smallest of his mother's children. She keeps him indoors and only lets him out covered in cotton wool. Far from protecting him, this attracts more danger, with ducks believing him to be a meringue, foxes a rabbit, and so on. Yet exposure to danger makes the little mouse bolder, delighted 'everything DID happen to me'".

 

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