Cyril and Pat
The super-talent that is Emily Gravett adds another book to her roster of read aloud crackers.
It stars a squirrel named Cyril, a lonely creature until that is, he meets Pat, another ‘squirrel’.
Thereafter the two spend happy times together in Lake Park inventing fun games, putting on puppet shows, skate-boarding and playing Hide-and-seek and Pigeon Sneak.
Cyril is completely oblivious to the outward differences between them despite being told time and again that his friend is not like him.
So what, I can hear you thinking; it was certainly my reaction.
Eventually though, Cyril heeds the negative comments of the other animals and he and Pat part company.
Inevitably Cyril is lonely once more: those games are no fun when played all by himself and he leaves the park putting himself in great danger.
Will he now realise his mistake and find his erstwhile friend once more?
Worry not: the author in her inimitable way provides a wonderful resolution that is altogether satisfying for both her main characters and her audience, although not for pooch, Slim, pursuer of the friends throughout most of the book.
Yes, this fine friendship story is wonderfully funny and stunningly illustrated in lush colours, but like all good stories it raises questions for readers to ponder as well as an important unspoken environmental message. (Love the Tidy rubbish bin.)