"this is the story of Jake ... the fastest mouse there ever was. NO ONE can catch him. Not the fox, not the wolf, not even the bear. “Can’t catch me,” teases Jake. “I’m the fastest mouse in the world!” But cunning Old Tom Cat has his eye on that sweet, young mouse for his dinner and he’s got a plan…"
It seems that picture books using heavy repetition will always retain popularity with the kiddos. From Hairy McClary to The Pancake That Ran Away... Can't Catch Me! is a sweet addition to this little sub-genre of kid stories. It has a similar narrative arc to The Gingerbread Man & The Pancake, making it an insta-fave for Garland who laps those two stories up. He will consistently ask for this book, and spend a good while hunting if ever it goes astray.
I'll admit to getting a little bored reading picture books that rely on repetition, but I enjoyed the illustrations for this one. There's a colour palette of pretty, Spring tones, and an exuberant, sketchy drawing style. I don't love the depiction of characters' faces especially, but overall, pretty.
Can't Catch Me! is out in stores now, check it 📘
Review copy kindly provided by Walker Books