Lola and Lotta are best, best, BESTEST friends who do completely everything together. They always pair up, they look after the tadpoles in the pond, and they especially always swap lunches. But when Evie, a new girl, joins the class, suddenly it's Evie whom Lotta does everything with, even lunch swapping. Lola tells her brother Charlie that she has lost her best friend forever, but Charlie isn't so sure.
The always lively Lola is front-and-center in the latest escapade of the duo made popular by their successful Playhouse Disney show. Charlie and Lola's unique style will charm existing fans and attract new readers to this especially likable series.
I am not sure children can fully comprehend the dynamics of friendship at the age of three , but this book did seem like a wonderful way to introduce 'the arrival of a new friend affecting your best friend's behavior'. I think such existential agnst is part of a much older kid's school life ( maybe a 6-7 year old?). Beanie calls all her classmates / people whom she has had a five-minute conversation with / kids that she has met randomly in some park her friends , and I don't think she really understands what it means for a new girl to ensnare (!!) your best friend. This book , however does a good job of illustrating that scenario.
That said, she loved the book and I think the cute-as-a-button illustrations played an important part in her loving the book as much as she did. This was a borrowed book , so it had to make an untimely exit from our home, but we still read it two-three times before we returned the book out. The illustrations are so darn cute that you want to scoop them off the page and gobble them all up! This is by far the most fun layout I have come across in a picture book , with three panels in a single page. I am not sure whether this was done to reduce the number of pages or if this was imitating the TV show that is based on the book. The illustrations are imaginative( especially the bit where the kids Lola and Lotta are shown as fishes themselves when they peep into the fish pond to look at the tadpoles). The sentences are short, clean and crisp , so an early reader can easily navigate through the story without too much confusion. For kids that have not yet started reading , the illustrations will definitely be a hook. I am so in love with the main characters Lola , Lotta and Charlie that I am going to show Beanie some of the TV episodes. Next on the agenda is to find out if stuff watched on TV have the same impact on her as the ones I read out to her.
I am so glad I took up this challenge for myself. I am rediscovering the joys of being a child :)
Overall , an awesome fun read with great illustrations