This is the fifth book starring the loveable Little Owl from Debi Gilori and Alison Brown.
Little Owl has no interest in making new friends, why would he when he has his bestest best soft toy Hedge. And he most definitely does not want to play with the small Something that is holding hands with Mummy Owl. Small Squirrel is confident, loud and eats all the cinnamon buns. But with bears, snaffle-worms and ghosts around, perhaps a friend to share the adventure with wouldn’t be so bad after all…
Many books often deal with issues of friendship, more often than not focusing on friends falling out and so on. But friendship is about more than just falling out and making up and Gilori takes friendship from the start and explores what it is like to make a new friend when you really just enjoy your own company and want to be left alone with your favourite toy.
Little Owl’s New Friend is an adorable picture book about embracing new friendships and the joys that a new friend can bring into your life - even a friend that is as loud and as excitable as Small Squirrel. Despite his initial reluctance about spending time with Squirrel, Little Owl soon discovers that having a friend isn’t so bad after all. Sharing experiences, adventuring together and having fun with someone else brings unexpected smiles and enjoyment. And when Small Squirrel gets scared, who should offer a comforting wing, Little Owl of course. There’s even talk of hanging out with Small Squirrel again
Gorgeous illustrations and a heart-warming story will have all little children welcoming new little people into their lives because, as Little Owl discovers, there’s nothing better than spending time with a friend.
With huge thanks to Bloomsbury for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 2+.