At the end of a long day of writing, editing, laundry, grocery shopping, feeding my zoo, giving homework help, paying bills, and making three meals plus a batch of biscotti, I’m understandably tired. It’s nine o’clock, and a familiar movie is playing on TV. My husband is camped out in his recliner, probably playing chess on his cell phone. Across the room, my daughter is zen tangling in her sketchbook. At the far end of the sofa, our snoring dog is making his nap look awfully, awfully good! Too good.
I lean back, just a little, to rest my head. Then, I slide down. Before long, I tilt over and stretch my legs. Soon, I’m drifting.
“Scootch in a little, Mom,” my daughter says, rubbing my shoulder.
My eyes still closed, I say, “The sofa isn’t wide enough for two. Why don’t you camp out on the loveseat?”
“Because I want to camp here with you,” she says.
I’m unable to resist the sweetness in her voice.
I scootch up against the back of the sofa, she squirms to find a comfy place beside me, and somehow, we wake up two hours later from a perfectly cozy nap.
I’m glad our sofa is big enough for two, which leads me to today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday review…
Title – Just Right for Two
Author – Tracey Corderoy
Illustrator – Rosalind Beardshaw
Published by – Nosy Crow – 2013
Suitable for ages – 3-5 (but I’m pretty sure people of all ages will love this book.)
Topics – Friendship
Opening – Dog had a big blue suitcase. He took it with him everywhere. Inside were all his special things… a bumpy little pinecone, a smooth rock with a hole in it, some dancing leaves,…
Amazon Review HERE. Dog has everything he needs in his big blue suitcase. Or does he? Dog’s big blue suitcase is the perfect fit for all the little treasures he has collected. He is sure that he is happy with just himself and his suitcase. Until one night when Mouse comes along, and Dog discovers that his big blue suitcase is actually just right for two.
Why I like this book— I love all things precious, and this book falls neatly into that category. Take one adorable dog with a treasure-packed suitcase, add to this a free-spirited mouse who recognizes the perfect place to squeeze in for a nap when he sees it, and you’ve got the makings of a lasting friendship. Now… team up one great writer with the artistic talents of Rosalind Beardshaw, whose gift for capturing emotions is evident on every page, and… what more can I say?
Tracey Corderoy shares the inspiration behind her book, Just Right for Two, HERE.
Learn more about Rosalind Beardshaw HERE.
Listen to a precious reading of this book HERE.
Until next Friday.