There are two sides to every story.
A little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it a hat. But that night it escapes. Then the beast tells the story of being kidnapped by the girl, who forcefed it squirrel food, scared it with a group of beasts and wrapped it in wool. Can the two beasts resolve their differences?
An eye-opening story that makes you look at things from a different perspective.
'Roberton's premise is as sublime as it is simple, with a subtle message. [...] Totally delightful.' - Kirkus Reviews
Roberton (Cuckoo!) spins a clever he-said/she-said story about a girl's rescue of a squirrel-like creature in the woods. At least, that's how she sees it. After she describes her oh-so-thoughtful adoption of the animal ("I wrapped him warmly up in my scarf, and carried him safely home ), the story restarts, now told from the animal's point of view ("I was ambushed by a terrible beast! he cries. "She growled at me, and tied me up, and carried me off to her secret lair ). By flipping between the stories, readers can spot subtle but telling differences in the ways Roberton frames her tidily illustrated scenes. In the first account, when the girl makes a cardboard box home for the animal, the bird's-eye view includes the art supplies the girl has used to decorate it and the animal-care books she's been studying. In the second go-around, a ground-level view puts readers inside the box, making it feel like a claustrophobic jail (albeit one with adorable hand-drawn d cor). It's a smart and not-too-serious introduction to the idea of empathy and boundaries. Ages 5 9.