Books by Lida Dijkstra

CUTE by Lida Dijkstra
by Lida Dijkstra, illustrated by Marije Tolman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

A little rabbit's new macho image comes to a crashing halt when he encounters a feminine force. Everyone thinks Toby's a "very cute rabbit," but Toby hates being "cute" and opts for a tough new look. When Toby struts around wearing cool shades, his friends just laugh. But they stop laughing when Toby appears with a pierced ear, a tattoo on his arm and a growl. Encouraged, Toby completes his manly makeover, sporting a helmet and cape astride a loud motorbike. Barely able to maneuver a stop at the Zebra crossing, Toby's biker antics frighten Tara who tells him in no uncertain terms to "get lost, creep." Besotted with Tara who is also "very cute," Toby instantly trashes his biker paraphernalia to woo Tara with cuteness. The "cute" illustrations reinforce the "just be yourself" message by highlighting Toby's hilarious transformation from "cute" rabbit to demon biker. Indeed, from the end pages featuring cameos of Toby strutting his stuff to the domestic details of Toby's rabbit home, this one's just plain cute. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
LITTLE MOUSE by Lida Dijkstra
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

This variant of The Mouse Bride, originally published in Rotterdam, features an unlikely prenuptial pair. Startled by a hermit resting in a meadow, an owl flying overhead drops its dinner mouse into his arms, and the man vows to care for the mouse like a daughter. The two live together for years until the time comes for the mouse to choose a husband. She wants the strongest being on earth so they set off to find him. First they ask Sun, who says it's Cloud, who says it's Wind, who says it's Mountain. But Mountain says he's crumbling from a strong force and they discover a mouse digging inside the mountain—making him the strongest being. The mouse couple makes a home close to the hermit, who, in the years that follow, welcomes many mice into his life. The tale retains the familiar folktale motif and Grobler's stylized illustrations (with touches of Drescher and Heo) are interesting, but the text lacks drama. Livelier versions exist. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)Read full book review >