Weirdo by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird & Magenta Fox (2021)
Maud is a guinea pig who likes judo. She is also a little girl called Kit’s birthday present. When Maud meets Kit’s other pets, things get off to a rocky start. She’s not a cat or a dog or a bird like them, so she’s considered a weirdo. But a chance meeting with a kind neighbour helps Maud see that it’s ok to be different as, after all, life’s too short not to be a weirdo. This is a wonderful and powerful tale for both kids and grown-ups.