Book Title: Ooko
Author: Esme Shapiro
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Star Rating – Wonderful! Everyone should read this book.
Disclaimer: I received this free book from NetGalley in exchange for an un-biased review.
My first review of a children’s picture book! Ooko is a lonely little fox who only wants to find a friend. He thinks that by changing himself to suit others he can find someone who will love him. That doesn’t work out so well and eventually he learns that he only needs to be himself to find a friend who is just like him.
I love the message behind this simple story. His loneliness is heartbreaking, but his attempts to change are hilarious. Here the illustrations shine, the characters and surroundings are quirky and whimsical. His worldview and the way he describes the other creatures he sees are delightful. I particularly loved the way he talks about “the Debbie’s”. I showed this book to my seven year old daughter and she loved it as well. It’s definitely for a younger reader, but I was pleased to see that it’s a little longer than the usual picture book, at 40 pages it’s just more story and picture to enjoy. I heartily recommend this cute little book.