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Big Friends

Linda Sarah, Benji Davies (Illustrator)


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When a new boy wants to join in their play, will these two friends find room for three? Find out in children's book author Linda Sarah's Big Friends, illustrated by Benji Davies

Birt and Etho are best friends. Together they play outside in big cardboard boxes. Sometimes they're kings, soldiers, astronauts. Sometimes they're pirates sailing wild seas and skies. But always, always they're Big friends. Then one day a new boy arrives, and he wants to join them. Can two become three?

Praise For Big Friends

“Excellent, believable advice, with boxes-what could be better than that?” —Kirkus Reviews

"Sarah captures the joys and pain of a camaraderie that seems exquisitely perfect—until it isn’t. . . . Davies makes the story sing from beginning to end with lovely drawings that feel sturdy and resolutely optimistic, even when Birt is at his lowest." —Publishers Weekly

"Benji Davies's illustrations feel . . . relaxed, with a lovely loose-limbed, open look that invites exploration and perhaps a daydream of one's own." —The New York Times Book Review

"A common and often tricky situation among children is portrayed with compassion and honesty. . . . Both useful and attractive, this will hit the spot for school and home discussions of friendship dynamics." —The Bulletin

“An understated, profoundly charming little fable.” —The Financial Times, on The Storm Whale

“Simple but powerful…. The world may still be as big and lonely and incomprehensible as the ocean, but still it's possible to find tremendous, heart-stopping tenderness.” —The New York Times on The Storm Whale

“With its windblown illustrations and gratifying arc, The Storm Whale would be wonderful to read in the safe harbor of bedtime.” —The Wall Street Journal on The Storm Whale

“Endearing, elegantly conveyed.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Storm Whale

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781627793308, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 19, 2016

About the Author

Linda Sarah grew up dreaming of being a fire fighter. She tried a number of other jobs-singer, piano player-before finding her true passion in creating children's books.

Benji Davies is the author and illustrator of The Storm Whale. As a child, he was often found painting at the kitchen table . . . a habit he has continued into adulthood. He lives in London with his wife, Nina.