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Tuesday 27 June 2023

Review: A Friend for George

A Friend for George is a sweet book about a super-cute dog. It's a reminder of the value of friendship, and just what it is and how it works.

George is a lonely dog. He lives in a cottage by the sea, where he can talk with the seagulls, walk on the beach, and go rock hopping.

When he comes across a fish in a rockpool on one of his walks, George strikes up a conversation and gives the fish a name.

George's happiness increases because Claude the fish seems like a good sort of friend. Unfortunately, the next day, George finds that Claude has swum away with the tide. What's he to do now?

A little scared, but determined not to lose his new-found friend, George sets out on a journey. He meets a whole sea full of creatures, but will he find Claude, and if he does, will they discover a way to be friends?

This story is one of my favourite picture books so far this year. Delightful illustrations and a beautiful, heartfelt personality will make you fall in love with George.

Written and illustrated by Gabriel Evans, A Friend for George is a perfect book to read aloud with young children learning to navigate the world. Its message is gently delivered in a package that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Watch a video interview with Gabriel Evans about the book, what inspired him, and how he created it.

Title: A Friend for George
Author/Illustrator: Gabriel Evans
Publisher: Puffin, $ 24.99
Publication Date: May 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781761046506
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book