The Readerby Amy Hest, Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)
In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase – click, click – and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of him reading their very favorite book to the very last page…the very last word. Amy Hest’s spare evocative text is a true celebration of new readers and good friends everywhere, while Lauren Castillo’s pen and ink and watercolor illustrations, with their bold saturated colors against winter white, perfectly capture the wonder and delight of this magical day.
Meet the Author
Amy Hest is the author of many award-winning books for children, including the New York Times bestseller, Kiss Good Night. She lives in New York, New York.
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The illustrations on the cover drew me in right away. I loved the woodcut like ink-and-watercolour pictures with a vintage feel that is so endearing to my taste. Any story with a cute little boy and his friendly dog has already won my heart before I even read the book. This adventurous twosome strike out on a very snowy day pulling a red sled. The little boy has a satchel slung over his shoulder and a curious suitcase in his hand. Together they climb up a huge snowy hill, play a bit in the snow, making snow "angels, snowballs, more angels...and a snow dog for the dog." They picnic on "warm drinks and crunchy toast for two" and then the boy opens up the suitcase. He reveals a book....probably his favourite book in the whole wide world, ( he can see that world atop his hill perch) and he begins to read to his beloved companion who wags his tail in ecstatic agreement that this is indeed a splendid thing to do. The book is entitled, "Two Good Friends" and at the end of the read aloud the boy hugs his dog in his arms and exclaims, "Just like us!" The clever little boy packs up and both he and his canine best friend mount the sled and off they sail down the hill and home. This book depicts a true celebration of reading - anytime, anywhere!!! Longues livers vivants!