Cherry and OliveThis is a really sweet story about a girl who doesn’t exactly fit in and is looking for a friend. Cherry is quiet. She prefers experiencing the imaginary worlds of literature to the real world where other kids make her feel bad for being different (a little plump). At her father’s animal shelter, she comes across a stray dog (also a little plump and different) and they become friends. The dog gives Cherry confidence and strength to try and make her life better, but she won’t be able to keep Olive if her real family comes to look for her. I won’t give away the ending, but this is one of the rare books that fall into the category of books that give me chills.

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Dog lovers, introverts, and fine art enthusiasts will find Cherry and Olive warming and delightful. French author/illustrator Benjamin Lacombe brings a different perspective to his children’s books, all of which are filled with beautifully rendered oil paintings. Although he appears to concentrate mostly as a professional artist (he’s been displayed in galleries over the world), I hope he’s got more (English language) picture books up his sleeve! He’s got many in French with no English translated versions, and as far as I can tell, he’s illustrated only one other picture book in English (Lin Yi’s Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale written by Brenda Williams from the virtuosic Barefoot Books).

 

Borrow. Read. Return. Repeat.

 

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