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Paperback Book Details
  • 02/2015
  • 9781507699195 1507699190
  • 38 pages
  • $12.00
Rosie Russell
Author, Illustrator
Avi and Jackson Best Friends
Avi and Jackson are best friends! Join in all the fun on what they like to do. Can you find the special item that they love to play with the most?
Reviews
Cat Michaels

Author-illustrator Rosie Russell's picture book, "Avi and Jackson, Best Friends," is a charming tale in rhyming couplets that celebrates boyhood friendship.

Narrative:
The book introduces the boys and follows them as they play together. It explores different activities that appeal to young readers. Their friendship winds through seasons of the year as Avi and Jackson build igloos in winter and fly kites in spring. In every instance, they model a true friendship built on mutual respect, and caring.

The text is effectively told in rhyming couplets that are fun for children to remember:
"They explore new wonders in a room full of books―
Finding pictures of oceans and a fish on a hook!"

It won’t be long before your children are reading along with you!

Illustrations:
Russell's illustrations pop off their center-stage location on each page. Colorfully executed, they bring children into the story and keep their attention. Boldface, large-font text is artfully tucked into edges of of each page. Russell’s art is light and airy. It reminds me of textured sponge painting or the layered pixels of an Impressionist painting.

Unique Features:
At last ― a book with a positive message about friendship between two young boys, who grow up together and explore the world around them. Russell's tale conveys important messages about collaboration, and her characters demonstrate how to be a good friend. These are critical values to instill at an early age. Best of all, Avi, the older boy, has no problem accepting the younger Jackson as his equal partner, with whom he treats with respect.

Recommendation:
I strongly recommend this tale of friendship for its colorful illustrations and important message of respect and friendship. Especially for your young boys, this is a must-read tale.

Disclosure:
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 02/2015
  • 9781507699195 1507699190
  • 38 pages
  • $12.00

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