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Friday, 10 January 2020

Review: The Besties to the Rescue

Ruby and Oliver are best friends. They’re Besties! They live next door to each other and they love hanging out together.

But when they find a baby bird that’s fallen from its nest, they know there’s no time for play.

They need to help the bird — keep it safe and help it get back to its nest.

The Besties to the Rescue is book one in a brilliant new junior fiction series from dynamic duo Felice Arena and Tom Jellett.

It’s a fun, light-hearted read, packed with funnies and delivered in an easy-to-read format with large text, short chapters and Jellett’s funky illustrations on every page. 

This is a perfect book and series for kids starting to read independently. 

The characters are real and relatable for kids, as is the plot. It’s a fun and simple story, easy for kids to follow as they focus on reading the words. 

The back of the book is also filled with awesome extras, including how-to advice (for book one it’s about looking after baby birds), a copy of Jurassic Yard, a hilarious comic penned by Oliver, the musical chords and lyrics of Ruby’s song, Little Bird, and the Besties’ best jokes about dinosaurs. 

If you’re looking for a new series for your junior reader to get stuck into or you want to provide an easy first book for them to try reading independently, I highly recommend The Besties to the Rescue.

Title: The Besties to the Rescue
Author: Felice Arena
Illustrator: Tom Jellett
Publisher: Penguin, $9.99
Publication Date: 7 January 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760890971
For ages: 6 - 10 
Type: Junior Fiction


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