"[F]ull of warmth and joy. This celebration of intergenerational friendship is ultimately a comforting tale, like a cozy knit cardigan or a warm berry crisp, perfect for a lapsit or a Grandparents’ Day read-aloud." —BCCB, starred review
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Aitken's playful use of language, from clever alliteration to suspense-building ellipses, will keep readers turning the pages with anticipation. So, too, will illustrator Lenny Wen's vibrant, energetic spreads, which brim with tantalizing details such as a rainbow of outfits that celebrate pattern mixing, expertly textured leafy plants and shaggy rugs, and a twirling, whirling dance party. Cha-cha-cha!
The seniors' compassionate response to Marjorie's subterfuge is a poignant reminder that there's no age limit on friendship. After all, as bow-tie aficionado Arthur reveals, “On the inside, we still feel like kids. Just like you.” Readers of every generation will delight in Old Friends‘ joyful tone and affirming message—and its superb surprise ending, too.
🌟 Nominee for the Bill Martin, JR. Picture Book Award 2024
- Emporia State University, Kansas
🌟 Finalist in the Maine Literary Awards 2023
- Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Published : July 26th 2022
ISBN : 9781250801388
Imprint : Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
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