Thursday, April 29, 2021

Newfound Friends: A Button and Squeaky Adventure - a bookwrap




Newfound Friends: A Button and Squeaky Adventure 

By Jim Shore ( Author, Illustrator )

Jan Shore ( Author ) 


* Ages:  5-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  48 pages
* Publisher:  Happy Fox Books
* Pub. Date: August 10, 2021
* Language:  English

In His Own Words

"I wanted to tell a story about friendship, " Shore says.  "My goal was to show appreciation for the people around us and appreciating what they add to our lives.  And have a little fun too!  I really enjoyed creating the art for this book; the details and accents were fun and they add levels of discovery I think will keep the reader engaged." 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This heartwarming book is the second tale in this sweet children's book series.  It profiles friendship, imagination and adventure.  Buttons, who is a teddy bear, teams up with his best friend Squeaky, who is a balloon animal, and off they go out of their restrictive attic and into the big wide world to explore its grandeur.   It's a glorious day with the sun shining brightly so they head for the park to play outdoors. 

As their playday progresses the duo encounter two new friends named Pinky and Acorn.  The group head back to the attic and the magical merriment continues.   All feel accepted, loved and special hanging out together. 

The illustrations are beautifully detailed and engaging. Kids will be drawn into the adventure and feel they are part of the wonderful day. The book will spark conversations about the importance of friendship and how to be a good friend to others.   

How fortunate for us that Jim Shore who has created thousands of heartwarming figurines that have been sold worldwide is now expanding his talents into the awesome world of children's literature.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author/Illustrator

Jim Shore is a renowned artist and legend in the giftware industry, inspiring retailers and consumers alike with an enduring body of work based on tradition, family, and love of country. A sculptor and painter specializing in collectible and figurines, Jim's unmistakable style combines a diverse color palette with timeless design drawn from images of American and European folk art forms, including quilting, rosemaling, and tole painting. He designs under Enesco, a gift industry retail distributor, and is a best-selling artist with QVC. He has done commissioned work for Disney, Peanuts, Coca-Cola, The Grinch, and several other famous collections. To see more of Jim's work, visit his website (, Facebook (@ArtistJimShore), and Instagram (@jim_shore_designs).

Jim is joined by his wife, Jan Shore, as co-author of this book.

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