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Wednesday 8 May 2024

Review: A Better Best Friend

Have you ever wanted a best friend? A friend to share your favourite hobbies and places and secrets with? That’s what our special squirrel protagonist wants. He just wants a very best friend.

He meets Pock, and Pock is a wonderful best friend (even if he is a little quiet). But then Moo comes along, and he seems like a great best friend, too.

So what do you do when you have two wonderful friends that could both be your best friend? How do you choose which one should be the best, because you can’t have two best friends. Can you?

A Better Best Friend is a thought-provoking picture book about navigating friendships. It’s quirky and funny, shining a light on that feeling we all have at some point in our lives – the feeling of wanting to connect deeply with our very own special best friend.

Our protagonist has been fortunate enough to find that special friend, but he’s grappling with a common problem. He’s met two friends, and he doesn’t know which one is the better best friend. By definition, there can really only be one best friend, so what's he supposed to do?

I adore how this picture book doesn’t spell out all the answers. It presents a very relatable situation, explores it, and then allows the reader to draw out their own conclusion at the end. Its subtlety is refreshing and delightful. It will spark curiosity and discussion, which is perfect for classrooms.

The illustrations, too, are glorious. Stunning, actually. Beautiful shades of greens and browns and oranges – artwork so delicious you’ll want to frame the pages.

If you’re looking for a relatable and quirky tale that gets kids thinking, I highly recommend A Better Best Friend.

Title: A Better Best Friend
Author/Illustrator: Olivier Tallec
Publisher: Gecko Press, $27.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2024
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781776575732
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Books