Kid’s Book Review: Friendship

Kid’s Book Review: Friendship

About the Book and Author

This little hard-back book on Friendship by Helen Mortimer is brightly illustrated making it an attractive and robust edition to a pre-schooler’s little library! It uses carefully chosen words and phrases, such as ‘belonging’ and ‘be loyal’, and allows a special space during story time for grown-ups and young children to consider what it means to be a friend.

This title is one in a six-book Home Learning educational series called Big Words for Little People (illustrated by Cristina Trapanese), published by OUP that explores big topics with young children in a way that is understandable for developing minds.

Each book includes reassuring tips for parents on how to enjoy these books, encourage conversation and build language confidence. We think it is lovely.

Friendship cover
Helen Mortimer

Helen Mortimer has always loved words. After graduating, she placed her foot on the bottom rung of the publishing ladder and enjoyed every step of the climb until she had a fine view of the world of picture books! Her last position was at Oxford University Press where she worked for fifteen years, looking after authors and illustrators such as Yuval Zommer, Lauren Child, Brian Wildsmith, Korky Paul, David Roberts and Fiona Woodcock.

Since leaving Oxford University Press, Helen has relished having more time to write. Her first picture book Omar, the Bees and Me (illustrated by Katie Cottle) will be published by Owlet Press in Spring 2021. You can find out more by visiting Helen’s website.

Christina Trapanese is  a freelance illustrator based in Naples, Italy. She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples, then graduated at the IDEA Academy (Rome) in Illustration 360 / MA. Illustration teacher at the Scuola Italiana di Comix. She works with traditional and digital art and loves experimenting and mixing media.

Book Review

The pictures help me to understand what the words are saying

Sulayman’s review: This book has nice big titles for each page so its easy to see what it is about. I like the way the children all play together and do fun things with each other in the big pictures. The pictures help me to understand what the words are saying. I like making craft things just like the children in the book!

Mums thoughts: Hard back books are always a win as they are much sturdier and robust enough to withstand  rough little fingers and hands! This book brings some serious concepts of friendship down to a simple level suitable for young children. I particularly like the pictures depicting children of different racial backgrounds. There are also some great ideas at the back of the book that have been very useful for extension activities.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Sulaymān
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: bike-riding, splashing in puddles and drawing
  • Dislikes: singing and swimming
  • Favourite Book: Graphic Dinosaurs
  • Favourite Song: Tala'a Al Badru Alayna (Arabic song)