Big Friends by Linda Sarah Book Review

Big Friends by Linda Sarah
Illustrations by Benji Davies
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: January 19, 2016

Birt and Etho are best friends. They play together inside big cardboard boxes as kings, soldiers, astronauts, and pirates. No matter what though, they are best friends. Then Shu arrives. He is new and threatens to change the friendships and Birt isn't so sure he likes that. They soon learn though that there is always room for a new friend, even if things are a little different.

A nice story about friendship and how it can change. I have read a number of books lately that deal with the issue of losing friend, the sad reality of being human and growing up, but sometimes friendships don't end but rather change and grow. Benji Davies' (The Storm Whale, Goodnight, Already!) illustrations are beautifully done, colorful and full of life. One can't help but fall in love with these children. Although this could be read as just a nice story, I think there is a lot to unpack in this story and is a perfect opportunity to discuss with children how to be open to new friends. Of course, life isn't as neat and tidy as a picture book, but I think this book is perfect for its intended audience.