A Friend for Eddy

Greenwillow. Mar. 2024. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063315464.
Toddler-PreS–Lonely goldfish Eddy spends his days swimming and chasing his tail. He’s eager to find a friend—someday. His wish is granted when he sees a yellow fish like him outside his bowl. He invites it to play. The next day, two fish appear. Eddy is so happy. At last, two friends. He longs to play with them outside the bowl, so he swims faster and faster in circles until he launches himself out of the bowl and onto the table. Realizing he cannot swim or breathe without water, he panics. Worse, he is terrified to discover the two friends he saw inside his bowl are the eyes of a cat. Eddy discovers sometimes you can find a friend in the strangest of places. The friendly cat saves Eddy, so they can continue to play. Ha perfectly captures Eddy’s happiness, playfulness, and fear. Children will be mesmerized by the cat’s eyes and will want to warn Eddy that the fish he sees are not what they seem.
VERDICT A captivating picture book that captures the feeling of loneliness and the need for friendship, ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.

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