4 out of 4 stars
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A good portion of my time online is spent watching adorable animal videos. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that cross-species friendship isn't unheard of. A dog might be friends with a cow, or a mouse might be best buddies with a cat. So when I saw a children's book about a penguin who befriends a human, I had to see what was going to happen!
Moe And His Best Friend Boo by Nancy Alan is a book about a penguin named Moe who met a boy named Boo. The two quickly became friends, and from then on, they did everything together. Eventually, life pulled the two apart, but a friendship like theirs lasts forever. And hey, nothing can keep good friends apart for too long!
This is a very cute children's book. I loved that the book centered on the penguin, not the human. The similarities between them were adorable. On one page, Nancy shows how the two of them love to fish together, even though they don't fish the same way. Boo is sitting on a little ice block while he's ice fishing, and Moe is right there in the water, yanking a fish out with his mouth. The artwork is emotive, and Nancy puts the icy setting to use very well.
The writing is also excellent. I almost rolled my eyes when I saw that this was a rhyming book, but the rhymes are great. I couldn't read the book without hearing how sing-songy the stanzas were in my head, and there were only a couple of places where the length of lines broke the flow a bit.
Moe And His Best Friend Boo is a great book about friendship, and I'm happy to give it 4 out of 4 stars. I appreciated the little added themes like growing up and family. The book is perfectly edited, the words flow melodically, and the artwork is adorable. People who love igloos, Eskimos, penguins, the color blue, and friendship will get the most out of this book.
Moe And His Best Friend Boo
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