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Sunday 26 May 2019

Review: My Friend Fred

My Friend Fred cover
My Friend Fred is a happy tale about an endearing dachshund named Fred with a cheeky and unexpected ending.

Told from the view of Fred’s best friend, the story explores many of the activities Fred likes and dislikes such as sniffing trees, digging holes and climbing stairs. Fred’s friend often has differing views on these activities, for example eating dog food…disgusting.

Each page provides space and temptation to discuss Fred’s actions and even interact with his infectious character by barking and howling along with him, I certainly couldn’t resist!

The illustrations are gorgeous with watercolour textures and generous white space, they perfectly compliment and work in unity with the storyline. Seeing Fred run and jump around under a washing line with his sausage-like body, happy smile and long floppy tongue was an award-winning scene for me.

I adore this book; it is perfect for reading to a group, with succinct text and lots of illustrated fun and movement on every page. The clever ending made me laugh aloud and want to read it again immediately with a new perspective.

Frances Watts and A. Yi are both based in Australia, Frances has written many books including It’s A Story, Rory and A Very Quacky Christmas. A.Yi is the illustrator of Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six and other stories.

Title: My Friend Fred
Author: Frances Watts
Illustrator: A. Yi
Publisher: Allen & Unwin , $19.99
Publication Date: 6 May 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760290948
For ages: 3 – 5
Type: Picture Book