Book review: How to Find a Friend, by Maria S. Costa

Costa, Maria S. How to find a friend. Clarion Books, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 9780544926783. Unpaged. Ages 2-8. P8 Q8.

A squirrel, illustrated in blue, is looking for a friend.  A rabbit, illustrated in red, is also looking for friend.  Similar colored bugs try to give each of them advice on how to find a friend, but they keep missing each other.  Humor is in the pictures as the looks one way, and the outlined illustration reveals how they continue to miss seeing each other, but affect each other’s lives.  For example, the nuts fall off of squirrel’s wagon hitting the rabbit, who says, “Ouch!” Humor creates a wider age level group to enjoy the book.  Endpapers are maps; the beginning ones are unmarked, and the final endpapers show in red and blue dashed lines and silhouetted pictures where their paths crossed.

Verdict: It is an adorable and humorous addition to a library.

June 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.

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