Picture Book - A Secret Worth Sharing - Jonathan Emmett (Author) & Vanessa Cabban (Illustrator)
Recommended for: Babies/Toddlers/Younger Readers
If you've read any of my previous posts, you might come across the review for The Princess and The Pig, also by Jonathan Emmett. Until recently, that was my favourite children's picture book ever, so I was looking forward to reading another of his books. It's not in the same league as that offering, but it did have a sort of message behind it, which some of my other reviews might have indicated I like to see in picture books, so that they give the parent a chance to discuss what is raised with their children, rather than the book just being put down and forgotten.
In the story, Mole makes friends with Mouse, but wants to keep his new friend a secret from his other friends, so that Mouse is just his. Eventually, he comes to realise that the more friendship is shared, the better it is (yep, that's your moral message there - now, please discuss this with your child...). It's a simple story, with Mole discovering that by being selfish he was hurting his other friends, but it's effectively done. The illustrations are good, and you can't help but think 'aww...' towards the end as Mouse tells Mole that she's still his friend even if she makes new friends.
It won't make your children laugh out loud, but it will make them look forward to seeing their friends!