I Just Ate My Friend

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781760294342
Publisher:         Allen and Unwin Childrens
Release Date:   August 2017  

Website:    https://www.allenandunwin.com 


Author :  Heidi McKinnon 

Friends are not easy to come by, and to have the misfortune to have eaten your friend is a challenge indeed. This humorous and innocent story is really a learning opportunity, showing how eating your friend is going to leave you lonely, and how finding a new friend is difficult. Not just anyone can replace the friend you had, friends need to be of a similar persuasion, and size.

 Heidi has written this book with a delicious sense of humour, and pays tribute to the impulsive nature of children and the consequences of that spontaneous action. The story shows how the main character confesses to eating his friend, who was a good friend! The obvious step is to find a new friend, but that is not so easy; so many are unsuitable for many reasons. Some are too big, some are too small, and some are downright scary. The hunt for a new friend is now beginning to feel like a lost cause.

 The design and illustrations in this book are striking and powerful. The story is really told through this marvellous art work, where most pages have a black background and only one or two other characters depicted. The main character is yellow and we follow his journey through the pages of the book easily. He is simply drawn, with a body, two eyes two ears, and a mouth (showing a few sharp teeth). Other characters are shown have the same simple style and come in different colours and shapes.

 The text is in white against the black background, which makes it easy to read. The sentences are very short and succinct. “Hello, would you be my friend”, is often repeated, encouraging involvement by younger readers. The size of the text is large enough to be followed by a finger, and is predictable.

 Once the character begins to question his impulsive action, doubt begins to make him wonder if he will ever find another friend. The ending is quite shocking and realistic which makes for a humorous response again. This hardback picture book is one which presents children with a gutsy, believable look at life in the funniest and simplest way.