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My Best Friend

My Best Friend

Rob Hodgson
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780711248359

What a treat for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, from Rob Hodgson. He is best known for the comical picture book 'The Cave' and I anticipate that this one will bring even more hype.

My BEST Friend is an endearing, amusing and comical book. I have no doubt that everyone can enjoy this story and chuckle along with it.

I could tell this story was going to be somewhat unique when I read the opening page, 'Hello! I'm Mouse and I want to tell you about my best friend', and you turn the page to discover that his best friend is in fact an owl! What an unlikely friendship...!

I quickly learnt how important the illustrations were in this story. I noticed the joy on Mouse's face whilst he is hunted and kept by an owl who, you quickly realise, has an ulterior motive. Of course, Giant Owl loves Mouse so much that he even provides him with a home - a locked cage, where he holds the key. You can only assume what will happen next!

This story is a real page turner. The tension and excitement urges you to read it quickly and glance around the corner of the coming page! With a hidden pink worm and green curly caterpillar hidden on each page with a 'friendship' of their own, this book lends itself perfectly to re-reading and enjoying a game of 'hide and seek'.

This book has fast become a favourite of mine which I will reach for time and time again. Everybody needs to have a moment to laugh and chuckle which is exactly what this book provides. This book is read best when enjoyed by a group of people who can all 'uh oh' and laugh together. This is THE perfect book to read in our current climate! Highly recommended!

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Jessica Bunney, teacher


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