Mo and Beau by Vanya Nastanlieva

Meet Mo and Beau, two instantly loveable characters. Very 11229843_10153228291140446_1984839652368144278_ndifferent in size and stature, but in many ways just the same.

“Little Mouse wants to play. But big bear Beau is tired and getting ready for a nap. Luckily, Mo finds the perfect way to have fun: by copying Beau! Stretching, yawning, bristling his fur – Mo tries it all.” Simply Read Books

11218533_10153228291200446_681322560861641209_nWritten and illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva, this touching and humorous tale allows the reader to both release and embrace their inner child.

Nastanlieva was awarded ‘highly commended’ at the 2011 Macmillan Children’s Book Prize and it’s easy to see why. From the cover alone, we instantly had a soft spot for these two opposing characters.

1510477_10153228291230446_1470034806341711150_nThe technique of raw, big bold strokes used by Nastanlieva, highlights Beau’s sheer strength and size and the more intricate details she uses for Mo, makes those visual differences even more apparent.

After all, what on earth could a teeny tiny mouse have in common with a big brown bear? Not much perhaps, but Mo mimics everything that Beau does and manages to win him over.

This is a great book to read aloud with a younger or emerging reader. With minimal text and a great bed time theme, it can’t fail to please any child or weary parent.

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