What do you do when your brother and best friend starts school leaving you to spend a long, gloomy day alone doing the things – cake baking, drawing and playing hide-and-seek – you’ve always done together?
That’s what happens to the small ursine narrator of Claudia Boldt’s new picture book. But that is only the beginning.
Big brother Barney, now calling himself Barnaby, has so many new and exciting ways to pass his time, and interesting new friends to play with, that his little brother is side-lined.
Life just isn’t fun any longer.
Enter new friend, Podgy. This cuddly creature participates in the activities previously shared with Barney,
but the new friendship makes boy narrator and Podgy the object of amusement to big bro. and his pals.
When Barney declines his favourite food one day, our narrator senses something is wrong
and that night he discovers what’s troubling his brother – it’s the thought of his first school trip away from home.
Brotherly love and understanding come to the rescue as both bears realise that no matter what changes life brings, one thing – or rather two – are forever.
Warm, realistic and imbued with gentle humour, this story will strike a chord with siblings especially.