Title: Side by Side
Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
Little Mouseling is the tiniest, weeniest mouse and she sometimes feels like the odd one out. So she decides to find someone who will always stay by her side. She searches through Wintermouse Wood and meets lots of kind creatures but she still doesn’t seem to fit in. Until that is, she meets someone who might just be her best friend forever.
This spread was by far my favourite with just one couplet of text that perfectly sums up that feeling of being with your best friend or soul mate. I loved Debi’s illustration too, with other creatures playing with their best friends in the background.
I am a huge fan of Rachel Bright and in awe of her ability to write rhyming stories that are effortless to read. This is a lovely warm story about friendship and I think it would be a great book to read with a child that might be finding building friendships tough.
Picture Book Perfect Rating:
Four out of five stars.
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication date: 3 September 2015
ISBN: 978 1 40835 659 3