Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? A little boy who wears animal costumes and a little girl, Camille, who is obsessed with math, are best friends despite their differences. The boy knows that some days Camille talks only in numbers: “So far I’ve worked out that 23 is yes and 17 is no. And when she starts singing her six times tables, I know it’s time for a snack.” The boy starts the book in a cat costume but is always chased by a dog. Camille tells him to try another animal and suggests a frog. Since frogs aren’t solitary they decide that Camille should also have a frog costume. Conflict arises when Camille gets antsy while they are making the costume and the boy shouts “STOP WRIGGLING!” Camille goes home and the boy is lonely. He writes a list on graph paper of pros and cons of being a frog. One pro is “Being in a frog costume makes me feel brave,” while one con is “A frog is not a solitary creature, so it’s no fun for a frog if his friends gets up and leaves.” He finds Camille to apologize and all ends well. “Camille and I are quite different. That’s why I like her so much.” The collage illustrations in Conte crayons, pencil and ink on a beige background perfectly complement the story with details. Camille is surrounded by numbers and graphs, and sketches of frogs are plentiful. This is a wonderful and whimsical story about friendship.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a great addition to books on friendship.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 1/24/17