Friends Are the Best

Big Hid by Roisin Swales. Flying Eye Books, 2017. 9781911171300.

Big (a turtle) and Little (a squirrel) have lots of fun climbing trees (Little hauls Big up with a rope), chewing stuff (leaves for Big, cake for Little), and dressing in matching costumes (ghosts, dinosaur and caveman, and robots). But one day Big doesn’t feel like doing anything at all and hides in his shell. Little tries all sorts of things to tempt Big out to play. Nothing works until Little tries (spoiler!) a hug. The artwork’s simple shapes show a lot of personality, and the book includes visual jokes to counterpoint the story. It’s quite a bright book, and will entertain kids during multiple bedtime readings.

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