Reviewer:

Suzanne Carroll

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends - book cover

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends

Philips Wechter’s wonderful tale is a perfect illustration that the solution to boredom is not only activity but company.  When Racoon’s attempt to combat boredom requires some eggs, he begins a group adventure that involves four of his friends. Each new development in the adventure prompts a new fun activity and demonstrates strengths, and weaknesses of the friends. Incredibly, the long and busy day does actually result in eggs for racoon and a lovely end to a lovely day.

Book cover - Elephant Island

Elephant Island

Arnold, the seafaring elephant of this book’s title, meets disaster with apparent equanimity and an endearing ingenuity in a warm and enjoyable adventure. Arnold’s tendency to rush in gets him into scrapes with the series of characters who could potentially rescue him from shipwreck but in the process of trying to solve those problems he actually makes Elephant Island ‘too much fun to leave.’ In the end, the book reminds us that life’s difficulties can also result in the things most precious to us.

Arno and His Horse book cover

Arno and His Horse

This is the story of how Arno loses his toy horse and tries to retrieve it. It becomes a journey of sorts, one that takes the reader to different places – from the riverbed to the supermarket. The story then pivots to develop the narrative and takes a slightly fantastical turn which produces some really beautiful images.