Wednesday, June 8, 2022

"A New Friend" - a bookwrap



A New Friend

Authored by Lucy Menzies

Illustrated by Maddy Vian


* Ages:  3-6

* Grade Level:  PS+

* Hardcover:  48 pages

* Publisher:  Frances Lincoln Children's Books

* Pub. Date:  June 7th, 2022

* ISBN-13:  978-0711275713

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews 

Joe is scared about being the new boy in town but Mae is determined to befriend him. Told in a split format, this is a sweet and reassuring follow up to We’ll Be Together Again.”The Bookseller

"A sweet, reassuring tale about making friends."―Kirkus Reviews

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

This is a sweet story regarding a new friendship between Mae and Joe.  It really is two stories that are paralleled together to give each child's perspective on the experience.  

Joe is feeling nervous and anxious because this is his first day at his new school.  He doesn't know anyone and he feels scared and alone.   All the other kids have a blast playing together and having a great time  but he is left out.  

Mae, on the other hand, catches wind that there is a new kid coming to school and she pens a note to give to him when she finds him.  She is so excited to meet him and make him her very own friend.  Can you guess what might be in the note?  Do you think that her random act of kindness will be accepted by Joe and give him a sense of belonging?   

"A New Friend" is the next book in the "One Book, Two Stories" format.  With this innovative format, two books, telling two different stories, are bound together.  I love this creative way to tell a story.  The stories can also be read side-by-side, as spreads from each book complement each other and are linked with corresponding page numbers. The final spread at the back of the book reveals a shared ending, in which Joe and Mae are united in the playground!  The shared ending wraps everything up with a pretty bow.  Pure genius I'd say.  

This inspiring book may help soothe fears and anxiety and encourage kids to step out and overcome them.  I love the fact that the book can be read in three different ways which means the story can be enjoyed again and again.  The illustrations are colourful, expressive and enriching.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Lucy Menzies is a writer and editor from Teesside, UK.

About the Illustrator

Maddy Vian is an illustrator and art director living by the sea in the UK. After graduating from art school, she has worked on a wide range of creative projects, from animated music videos to storybook apps. Her illustrations are often thoughtful and nostalgic, and she enjoys using every color under the sun.

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