A Better Best Friend

A Better Best Friend
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Gecko Press ™
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March 05, 2024
A feel-good picture book about best friendship told with dry comedy and an open ending―squirrel and mushroom are best friends until another best friend comes to play. This morning when I was out walking, I found a best friend. At least I think so. It certainly looks a lot like it! He really has a best friend kind of face. In this funny picture book exploring a forever childhood question about friendship, squirrel and a mushroom explore the forest through the seasons, show each other special trees, build snow mushrooms, share the good times and bad―which become good bad times alongside a friend. Then spring arrives, and so does a new friend. And then another. This raises a profound question for an overthinking should we have just one best friend?

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One day, a squirrel stumbles upon a mushroom and it's different from the pinecones he usually sees. Squirrel has always wanted a best friend and this mushroom looks like a great one to him. When spring comes, so does Moo and Squirrel is faced with the dilemma of having two best friends because all he really wants is one. In the end, after a whirlwind of thoughts, he finds the answer to his problem.

A BETTER BEST FRIEND teaches children about friendship and how it's possible to have more than one friend. There's a lot of humor in both the text and the illustrations and the pictures are simple, yet cute. The idea of a mushroom with a face made my daughter laugh as we read and it was fun debating with her about why a mushroom couldn't be a friend.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children who love animals, humor, and stories about friendship. It's a great read for school-aged children who are learning the dynamics of friendship.
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