Fans of the classic children’s book Where is the Green Sheep? are in for a treat, as best-selling children’s author Mem Fox and leading children’s illustrator and cartoonist extraordinaire Judy Horacek reunite to bring young readers a delightful new bedtime story, This and That.
This and That follows the adventures of two mice, who find themselves caught up in a variety of whimsical situations once bedtime begins.
From ‘cavernous caves and chimps with magic hats’ to far-off kingdoms where ‘kings and queens love to have a chat’, readers will have so much fun following the two main characters as they travel through each scenario until they return safely home. Judy Horacek’s illustrations are a joyous and colourful accompaniment to Mem Fox’s simple yet perfect prose, and this book is sure to capture the imaginations of young readers as well as those long-time Fox and Horacek fans.
Written specifically for bedtime, Fox explains “bed time is often a struggle for parents as their wide-eyed children procrastinate by asking for another story, and another, or anything else that will delay lights out … but reading is an important part of the nighty ritual. It helps children wind down and relax at the end of the day, as well as developing a lifelong love of reading … I hope This and That gives parents and children a delightful end to their day, that they can share”.
We were also lucky enough to catch up with Mem Fox and Judy Horacek on their recent Australian tour to chat about this new release.