By Olivier Dunrea
Olivier Dunrea has created the world’s cutest goslings with his Gossie and Friends series. I rarely recommend an entire series but this one warrants that honor. (See my review of Gossie, the first book in the series, here.) The stories are sweet, the art is endearing and the characters are completely adorable. With brief, straightforward text and bright, uncluttered art, Dunrea creates wholly satisfying and utterly pleasing books worthy of multiple readings.
Gossie and Gertie are friends, best friends. They do everything together.
One day, after Gossie requested that Gertie follow her, Gertie did not follow! Gossie shouted, “Follow me!”
But Gertie followed a frog instead. Then she followed a butterfly and then she followed a small blue beetle.
All the while Gossie, now following Gertie, is demanding to be followed and growing ever more cross.
Then, Gertie followed a trail of grain. ‘“Follow me! said Gertie. “It’s dinnertime!”’
Gossie followed and the two best friends happily ate dinner together.
Jennifer Lavonier has lived in Jersey City for over fifteen years and has worked in the children’s book world for nearly twenty years. She was the manager and buyer of Books of Wonder, Manhattan’s premiere children’s bookstore, and the assistant to Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are. You can find more of her children’s book reviews on her website, TurtleAndRobot.com.