Me and Moo by P. Crumble
Ill. by Nathaniel Ecjstrom. Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9781743625323
(Age: 3+) Humour, Friends, Friendship, Family and School. A young boy has a friend called, Moo. He does everything with him and the reader is invited into their world, where Moo once slept beneath his bed and fitted into his backpack, but no longer. Moo has grown to be very big and the young boy's parents think it is time for some rules. They devise three rules about their son's friend and these are reiterated boldly, giving the child and his friend opportunities to remain friends, but also allowing the family some leeway in their house. So he remains a big chunky member of the family, one who sleeps outside.
At school the young boy sees that other children have friends too, and at a sleepover at his house they all come along and share the evening together.
A warm story of friendship and the meaning of having friends, of sharing and accommodating your friends, of devising rules to ensure everyone is happy. Younger children will enjoy this tale of friends, and enjoy the digitally enhanced pencil and oil illustrations which add a level of humour to the story. There is much to discuss after reading this tale and I am sure both parents and teachers will use the book to do just that.
P. Crumble is a prolific writer for Scholastic, having such titles as, There was an old lady who swallowed a meerkat, If you're happy and you know it, Sheep on a beach, There was an old bloke who swallowed a chook, to his credit.