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A mouse and a squirrel can’t seem to agree on anything. Can they possibly be friends? Find out in this energetic picture book about acceptance and friendship.

Mouse likes figs. Squirrel prefers twigs. Mouse likes blue and polka dots. Squirrel likes red and does not like spots. It seems that they disagree on everything! Is there any way they can be friends, despite their differences? This timely story will show young readers that they don’t have to like all the same things as someone to get along with fast-moving, rhyming text that will make this book a read-aloud favorite.

Adam Murguia

Bethanie Deeney Murguia graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with an MFA in illustration and has created numerous picture books, including Cockatoo, TooZoe Gets ReadySnippet the Early Riser; I Feel Five!; and We Disagree. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her two daughters and her dog, Disco. To learn more about Bethanie, please visit her website: AquaPup.com.

Adam Murguia

Bethanie Deeney Murguia graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with an MFA in illustration and has created numerous picture books, including Cockatoo, TooZoe Gets ReadySnippet the Early Riser; I Feel Five!; and We Disagree. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her two daughters and her dog, Disco. To learn more about Bethanie, please visit her website: AquaPup.com.

Up with polka dots! Down with prairie dogs! Can’t Mouse and Squirrel agree on anything?

Drums or guitars? Why bother?—humming is obviously better. Mouse (clad in blue polka-dot trousers) loves a clear blue sky, but Squirrel (in a red knit cap) is partial to dark, gray clouds. Who cares if Mouse likes bikes—Squirrel knows that hiking’s the way to go. Tensions rise with each heated exchange of opinions until, faced with their irreconcilable differences, the two rodents march off in a huff. But wait—the frenemies realize, midstep, that being different needn’t be an impediment to friendship, and disagreement doesn’t have to be an inevitable deal breaker. Written as verse for two voices, the text presents Mouse’s upbeat questions and Squirrel’s grumpy rejoinders in an abcb rhyme scheme. The snappy meter, encapsulated in blue and salmon speech bubbles, perfectly reflects the growing frustration between the furry protagonists. Murguia’s gray-toned drawings against expanses of white negative space effectively focus readers’ attention on the silliness of the situation. She comically captures the gradual shift of the aggrieved rodents’ expressions as they transform from benign curiosity to mutual outrage. In this time of destructive divisiveness, Mouse and Squirrel’s journey toward respecting their differences is an important lesson for us all.

No toxic discourse here—Murguia’s rodents model what it means to agree to disagree. (Picture book. 3-7)

– Kirkus Reviews, STARRED, July 1, 2020

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