I Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards

   I Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards, Alfred A. Knopf, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-399-55700-2

Format:  hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: picture book

What did you like about the book? With winsome illustrations and simple text, readers are introduced to a little girl and her new puppy. Or is it a puppy and her new little girl? The two new companions get to know each other as they play outside, track in muddy footprints, jump on the bed and even use the bathroom together. Both are shy at first, but soon become inseparable. Toddlers and preschoolers should love the bright, cheerful illustrations and the clever text which could work whether readers believe that the pup or the child is narrating the story. The endpapers continue the story, with tips on how to care for a new friend. This would be a fun story time tale, and perfect for a child who has a new pet.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read Alikes? Recommend to preschool families, especially those who enjoy dog stories, along with Goodnight, Good Dog by Mary Lyn Ray.

Who should buy this book? Preschools and public libraries will want this book in their collections.

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Oh yes, it’s a quick read and should bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA

Date of review: May 15, 2017

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