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Oct 30 2011

Gilbert the Great by Jane Clarke

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Ill. Charles Fuge. Simon and Schuster, 2011. ISBN: 9780857072238.
'From the time Gilbert the Great White Shark was a tiny pup, Raymond the Remora stuck to him like glue.' A true friendship is suddenly shattered when one morning Gilbert wakes to discover his best friend Raymond is gone.
Gilbert's mum does all she can to help her son recover from the loss of his friend, as do all his other friends, but Gilbert is sad as he recalls the good time he spent with a friend now gone.
Beautifully illustrated, Gilbert's sorrow is clearly shown on his toothy face. It is only when his mum suggest a junk food snack at the wreck when we see Gilbert's smile slowly appear, and widen when he discovers a Remora in need of a shark friend.
A sweet story of friendships lost and found. This board book would appeal to younger readers.
Zana Thiele

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