Today I’m doing something a little bit different and reviewing a picture book. I’ve been looking at a lot of picture books lately because I’m going to be an aunt in October, and I wanted to try reviewing them. I downloaded five picture book ARCs from Net Galley, and I’m going to see how it goes, and in a few weeks, I’ll decide if I want to make this a permanent feature on the blog!
Title: Lost Beast, Found Friend
Author(s)/Illustrator(s): Josh Trujillo, Nick Kennedy, & Melanie Lapovich
Release Date: 9 June 2020
Number of Pages: 48
Review: Thank you, Oni Press and Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lost Beast, Found Friend, is a story about a young girl named Keelee who discovers a fuzzy, purple Beast who is lost and far from home. After the initial shock of seeing something new, Keelee and the Beast become friends, and Keelee decides to help the Beast go back home. They go on an adventure together, through colourful landscapes, and eventually, the Beast is reunited with his village.
I thought everything about this book was super cute. I loved full-page illustrations and all of the bright colours. I loved the story, and I liked that the characters went on an adventure. I liked that the book rhymed, and I think this book would be a lot of fun to read aloud to a group of preschoolers. I think this book could also be good for early readers, because the language used is quite simple, and the rhyming might help them learn some new words.
I thought that both Keelee and the Beast were very brave because they weren’t scared of each other when they first met, even though Keelee had never seen a Beast before, and the Beast probably hadn’t seen anything like Keelee before. I love that they became friends immediately and that this book shows that friendship comes in all shapes and sizes. I also love that Keelee discovers that the Beast’s village is just like her own, showing that even though they’re different, they’re still the same.
Overall, I thought this book was super cute. I loved the bright colours and the story. I think this book would be perfect for any preschoolers who like adventures or different creatures.
Rating: 5 Stars!