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Mar 31 2016

Milo: A moving story by Tohby Riddle

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Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760111632
(Age: 6+) Recommended. Friendship. Forgiveness. Tohby Riddle has created a visually interesting tale of friendship with quirky twists. The central character, Milo, is a dog with a couple of friends (with odd names!) A simple falling-out of friendship and an unusual storm event puts Milo into a position of danger. He eventually is able to return to offer an apology.
The illustrations within Riddle's book are muted in tone, but full of detail so are worth inspecting more closely. Young children may not instantly warm to the style, but an adult could spend some time pointing out the eccentric detail. I think this book could create discussion. The New York setting and references plus illustrations of other famous locales may lead to an exploration beyond the plot for older readers (or the adults who read it to the younger generation).
Carolyn Hull

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