Shared Space

HarperCollins. Apr. 2024. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063246096.
PreS-Gr 3–Mouse in 2B of the tree stump duplex loves the tranquility and tidiness of his meticulously maintained yard, replete with room to stretch, move, and relax. One day, the ominously named “Lotta Stuff” moving truck pulls up to vacant 2A and Mouse’s new neighbor Pak Rat unloads copious boxes of indoor and outdoor accoutrement. Mouse tries with all his might to ignore Pak Rat’s ever-growing lawn ornament collection, but when the pinwheels, plastic flamingos, yard gnomes, and lawn inflatables multiply to the point of barely being able to see the grass, Mouse has to take matters into his own paws. Will Mouse and Pak Rat ever agree on the amount of “lawn flair” their shared space can handle? It turns out that dissent between reasonable rodents can be solved with a little bit of conversation and a lot of compromise.
VERDICT This humorous and inventive comic book will entertain young readers and provide them a ready road map for conflict resolution and positive social skills.

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