When Winston the cat starts his big new building project, he insists that he can manage on his own but it only really takes off when he lets his friends help. To his frustration, Winston can’t find the tiny pieces of his kit and he can’t lift the biggest pieces. But sorting out tiny things is Alice the mouse’s great strength and Ralph the dog is good at carrying large items. By working together, they make the project both fun, and a success.
What Friends Do Best is all about building things, which many small children will be able to identify with, and the illustrations are gorgeously bold and colourful. It’s a fabulous book with a great message: if friends pull together, it’s amazing what they can do.
This bright, eye-catching picture book was an instant success when I shared it with a class of Year 1 children, and when we went on to discuss it the superlatives quickly flowed.
Nathan Reed’s busy cartoon-like illustrations are full of interesting detail and complement Jonathan Emmett’s economical narrative.
Derek Lomas, SCHOOL LIBRARIAN
This fast paced story is masterfully written with problems, solutions and outcomes all linking together quickly ... The pictures are bright and engaging with wonderful details for children to investigate.
BRIGHTSTAR BEDTIME STORIES
Reed`s offbeat illustrations feature a plethora of quirky shapes, funny details and an attractive palette of secondary color ... A gentle, upbeat fable that should delight very young audiences and the adults who read it to them.
Jonathan Emmett and Nathan Reed deliver a simple truth in this lovely picture book for three to five-year-olds and that is, great things are often achieved only through friendship and cooperation ... a great way into talking about children's interpersonal skills without being heavy-handed.
THE INVERNESS COURIER
A jolly tale of friendship and co-operation with an important message that is all too often overlooked in today’s competitive world.
Jill Bennett, WORDPOOL
Perfect for read-aloud, this book will be a favourite with children from Prep - Year 2 ... Bright and particularly detailed, the illustrations are a visual feast; they will captivate young readers’ attention and interest and will give them alternate and independent access to the story.
QUEENSLAND LIBRARY SERVICES
A bright and colourful picture book with wacky illustrations and a lovely story about friendship and of course, what friends do best!
OTTAKAR'S BOOK OF THE MONTH - JULY 2005
Aidan MacDonald, OTTAKAR'S