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A simple and bright board book about emotions, from an award-winning author and illustrator. Through the up-close expressive faces of a child and their dog, we learn words for a range of feelings in this new book by Gavin Bishop for the smallest children. This is my dog. My dog is silly! Happy. Sometimes sad. My best friend. This bold board book is a starting point to talk about how we feel with babies and toddlers. Key words describe the many emotions a dog can go through in a short time, while the expressions on the faces of the people nearby convey a whole new raft of feelings as they respond and react. And so the story becomes one of friendship and how our friends make us feel. A warm story to share with babies, toddlers and preschoolers showing a multi-ethnic family. With a gender-neutral child and inclusive illustrations, Friend is a tool for talking about colors, expressions, emotions and actions with young children. The simplicity of the words and pictures lets readers build their own stories about how they feel. Companion title to Pops, Friend is the latest in Gavin Bishop’s board book series for the very young.

Author Biography:

Gavin Bishop ONZM, Tainui, Ngāti Awa, is a leading New Zealand illustrator. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. He has written for television and theatre, as well as a libretti for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His awards include the New Zealand Children’s Picture Book of the Year multiple times, the Sir Kingi Ihaka award for lifetime contribution to Māori art and culture, and the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement – Non Fiction.
Release date NZ
August 1st, 2022
  • Preschool (0-5)
  • Illustrated by Gavin Bishop
Full colour illustrations on each page
Interest Age
Up to 3 years
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