Charlie’s Boat – Kit Chase

        Charlie’s Boat – Kit Chase, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (9780399257025), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A sweet story about the  friendship between Charlie, a bunny, Lulu, an owl and Oliver, an elephant.  The three friends are fishing, but Charlie only catches sticks: “‘I can’t fish,’ he grumbled. ‘All the fish are in the middle, and the water’s too deep for me.’”  Charlie has an idea to use the sticks to make a little boat.  Oliver and Lulu also make boats and the three friends have a race.  Charlie’s boat comes in last, making him feel that he is not good at anything.  But, Oliver has an idea and soon the trio are building a raft.  Now they can all fish together and Charlie even catches his very first fish.  The watercolor illustrations are just lovely and complement this gentle story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a story that would be wonderful for a story time theme of friendship.  Readers who loved the first two books in the Playtime with Friends series, Oliver’s Tree and Lulu’s Party will love it.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school 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:  5/15/17             

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