A Better Best Friend

Olivier Tallec


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Gecko Press
1 March 2024
ISBN: 9781776575732
32 pages

From the publisher

A feel-good picture book about best friendship told with dry comedy and an open ending—squirrel and mushroom are best friends until another best friend (a fly) comes to play.

“This is a dryly funny story about having a best friend—and we love the expressive face of the lugubrious mushroom friend.”

Rachel Lawson, Publisher

“This morning when I was out walking, I found a best friend. At least I think so. It certainly looks a lot like it! He really has a best friend kind of face.”

In this comedic picture book exploring a forever childhood question about friendship, squirrel and a mushroom explore the forest through the seasons, show each other special trees, build snow mushrooms, share the good times and bad—which become good bad times alongside a friend.

Then spring arrives, and so does a new friend. And then another. This raises a profound question for an overthinking squirrel: should we have just one best friend?

After much drama, Squirrel doesn't find an answer—the friends keep coming—and he ends the book with at least three better best friends.