The Things

Child’s Play. (Child’s Play Library). Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781786281906; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781786281890.
PreS-Gr 2–Thing has a best friend named Cactus and another best friend who is a shadow puppet named Moose. Sometimes it hurts being friends with prickly Cactus, and Moose only visits when the light is on. One day Thing looks out the window and notices an Other Thing going for a swim. At first he is suspicious of Other Thing, until he discovers that there may be a possibility of making a new friend. This cleverly humorous book features many scenes set against white background. The brightly colored characters are round and expressive and are fun to observe as they interact and engage in various activities. The wry text is broken up into small, easy to interpret scenes. The illustrations capture comical twists that are not fully explored in the dialogue. Dostalova captures the stages of a new and budding friendship making it a relatable story for all children.
VERDICT This is a great read that encourages children not to make assumptions about others and to be open to forging new friendships.

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