Avi and Jackson, Best Friends
Written, illustrated by Rosie Russell
Available in print and digital formats
The text is effectively told in rhyming couplets that are catchy and easy to remember:
They explore new wonders in a room full of books―
It won’t be long before your children are reading along with you!
Russell's illustrations pop off their center-stage location on each page. Colorfully executed, they bring children into the story and keep their attention. Russell’s art is light and airy. It reminds me of a textured sponge technique or the layered pixels of an Impressionist painting.
Her boldface, large-font text is artfully tucked into the edges of each page.
At last ― a book with a positive message about friendship between two boys as they grow up together and explore the world around them.
Russell's tale conveys important messages about collaboration, and her characters model how to be a good friend. These are critical values to instill at an early age. Best of all, Avi, the older boy, has no problem accepting the younger Jackson as his equal partner, with whom he treats with respect.
I strongly recommend this tale of friendship for its colorful illustrations and important message of respect and friendship. This is a must-read tale, especially for your young boys.
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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