Simple yet pithy

Kirkus Reviews


A warm and simple board book that shares how to talk about feelings through a friendship between a child and their dog.

Through the up-close expressive faces of a child and their dog, we learn the words for a range of feelings.

This is my dog. She is silly! She is happy. Sometimes she is sad. She’s my best friend.

This simple board book is a starting point to talk about how we feel. Key words describe the many emotions a dog can go through in a short time, while the expressions on the faces of the people nearby convey a whole new raft of feelings as they respond and react. And so the story becomes one of friendship and how our friends make us feel.

This new board book is a multi-layered delight joining Pops in Gavin Bishop’s powerful series to share with the smallest children. There is also version available in te reo Māori here.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 0-2 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Youth Services Book Review

      A sweet and simple celebration of the friendship between a young girl and her dog.

    2. All Done Monkey Blog

      A wonderful board book for very young readers to talk about emotions.

    3. Midwest Book Review

      An especially and unreservedly recommended pick for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library board book collections.

    4. Red Reading Hub

      An opportunity for small humans to learn new vocabulary as they follow the action and interactions, showing that real friends don’t always need to say much; their expressions speak volumes.

    5. School Library Journal

      It’s the simplest books that are often in the highest demand. With simple one or two word sentences, Friend slots neatly into that very category.

    6. The Listener

      Top 50 Kids Books

    7. Kirkus Reviews

      Simple yet pithy

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