Meesha Makes Friends

Meesha is a warm, inventive little girl who loves to make drawings and music. The one thing she can’t seem to make is friends and, no matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to get it right. Eventually, she begins to wonder if she will ever be able to make friends.

Meesha Makes Friends is part of the Big Bright Feelings series from Tom Percival that includes Perfectly Norman and Ruby Finds a Worry. The series is all about helping children to deal with situations they might find tricky. Percival’s atmospheric illustrations capture Meesha’s mood as she tries to navigate the world of friendships, with artful use of colour that grows and spreads as Meesha figures out how to make friends by being herself.

This is a wonderful book not because it has all the answers for young children struggling to make friends, but because it provides a real opportunity to start conversations. While other books in this vein are well-intentioned, they are often badly delivered, but Meesha Makes Friends is a wonderfully warm and skillful story. I love that Meesha could be any child, yet there are hints of neurodiverse issues such as sensory overload when Meesha becomes overwhelmed by the noisy and unpredictable party and synesthesia when she makes pictures from sound. This book would make a great read for any child aged 4–7 to understand the power of kindness and friendship and how wonderfully unique we can all be.

Book Cover - Meesha Makes Friends
Publication Date
July 2020