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Elmore and Pinky

Random. Mar. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524770815.
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PreS-Gr 1–Elmore is a porcupine who is content but not satisfied. He recently realized that he does not have a best friend and, unfortunately, he has no idea how to procure one. He goes to his grandfather for advice and the wizened porcupine tells him that finding a best friend just happens and that Elmore will “just know.” Soon, Pinky the skunk becomes intrigued by Elmore’s quest for a best friend. In a humorous exchange in the dead of night, the two decide that this hypothetical friend will definitely have to be nocturnal. In another encounter, Pinky saves Elmore from a potentially devastating showdown with an angry mother bear by spraying the area like only a skunk can. When Pinky explains to Elmore that bears can’t stand the way skunks smell, Elmore tells her that he likes the smell. Later that day, Elmore bakes a blueberry pie and realizes that he wants Pinky to be the first to taste it. Eureka! He has found his best friend.
VERDICT Hobbie (“Toot & Puddle” series) has rendered a worthy sequel to Elmore. Those searching for a quiet and tender read on making friends will appreciate this sweet offering.

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