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Midge & Mo

Midge & Mo

Lara Williamson
Stripes Publishing
ISBN: 9781788951111

These two titles from Little Tiger Group are designed to bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books for children aged 5-8, while also addressing emotions such as anxiety, loneliness, anger and sadness. Both books are fully illustrated throughout, in colour, and would work well as class reads for PSHE themes.

Two Sides is a story about two friends - Lula and Lenka - whose differences normally complement each other, however, on 'The Day That Everything Goes Wrong', their varied natures cause the friendship to end. Lula and Lenka must learn to listen and forgive before their relationship can be repaired.

Midge and Mo tackles slightly trickier issues that must be sensitively handled. Midge is dealing with a lot of change: his parents' separation, a new school and the loss of his old friends. Mo has been assigned as Midge's buddy but no matter how hard she tries to befriend and cheer up Midge, the more withdrawn and sad he seems. Until Mo is reminded of a time she felt the same way and her empathy and encouragement starts to turn the tide.

Aimed at less confident independent readers, both books deal with poignant themes that will not be suited to all readers but will be especially valuable for those struggling to deal with similar situations.

84 pages / Ages 6+ / Reviewed by Rhiannon Cook, school librarian


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