“Perfect Picture Book” Friday



Written by:   Tracey Corderoy

Illustrated by:  Sarah Massini

 Published by:    2017 Nosey Crow Ltd UK

Ages:    2 – 5 years

Theme:   Unlikely friendship, Loneliness, Loyalty

Opening Lines:   Once upon a time, there lived a boy who wanted to play.

Synopsis:   (on the back of the book) One small boy wishes he had a Best Friend…  And when he discovers a message written on a little paper boat, he finds that the perfect friend is sometimes the unlikeliest of all.

 Why I like this: This delightful whimsical story is sweet and simple showing that things don’t always work out the way we expect, and special friends are those that are loyal and faithful, and leave lasting impressions.  And it’s true – absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Whimsical illustrations of mixed-media format in water-colour blues and greens of pond life really capture the mood of the writing. The origami plane at the beginning and the boats that float with messages are a nice touch. Sparse text carries us through the seasons bringing us to an aww moment.  This would also make a great mentor text – a story with heart, lyrical text with the rule of threes, page turns, a main character with a problem, and finishing in a satisfactory near circular resolution

Resources/Findings:    You can have a peek at The Boy and the Bear and also reviews from the critics here…    https://nosycrow.com/product/the-boy-and-the-bear/

Author’s website…  http://www.traceycorderoy.com/the-boy-and-the-bear

Also the author of “Just Right for Two”…   https://thepatientdreamer.com/2014/11/29/perfect-picture-book-friday-88/

“Monty and Millie”…    https://thepatientdreamer.com/2012/12/02/perfect-picture-book-friday-33/

And – “Little Penquin Lost” …  https://thepatientdreamer.com/2015/02/14/perfect-picture-book-friday-93/

Among many others.

I’m always happy reviewing Picture Books that come my way and share them with you.  If you would like to see more please pop over to Susanna Leonard Hills Blog where there are hundreds of books reviewed by other like minded authors and writers.  Thank you for popping in and I hope you return again soon.

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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14 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  1. Darlene says:

    Sounds like a sweet book. Thanks.

  2. I love that this unlikely friendship began with a message on a little paper boat. I’ve already hopped over to my library’s website to put this book on hold. Thank you for sharing it today. 🙂

  3. Love the cover – and also wonder what it was like to grow up with the author’s last name!

  4. Diane, I love that cover! Sounds like a touching book. I’ll have to see if I can find it. Thanks.

  5. I just took a look at the publisher’s sneak peek pages. The illustrations are great! And it sounds like a sweet book. Will see if I can find it. Thanks!

    • You’re welcome Jilanne. It is sweet but I like the way Tracey obviously pictures the illustration and therefore has sparse text leaving much for the illustrator. Great mentor text IMO!

  6. The cover sold me! What a charming story about loyal friends! The illustrator’s artwork is exceptional!

  7. Pamela Harrison says:

    This sounds like a delightful book. I love the cover! having a special friend is so important! Thank you for sharing, Diane.

  8. You are welcome Pamela. And I agree having a special friend is important. Glad you loved this one. Nice to see you here.

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