Title: Tulip and Doug: A Spud-tacular Friendship Story
Written by: Emma Wood
Illustrated by: Carla Martell
Scholastic NZ, 2020
For ages: 3+
Themes/topics: friendship, imagination, being true to yourself
Tulip was famous in her neighbourhood for two reasons:
- She was a fearless adventurer.
- She went everywhere with a seriously strange sidekick.
Why I recommend this book:
You never know where you’ll find friendship. And that’s especially true with Tulip and Doug.
Tulip is an adventurous and unusual girl with a surprising best friend — a potato named Doug. The two go everywhere together, and Tulip doesn’t mind when other kids laugh at them. She’s a true friend. When knobbly bits grow out of Doug’s face, Tulip gently removes them.
But when Tulip and Doug are unexpectedly separated, Tulip tries to play with other toys, and discovers it’s simply not the same. With just the right combination of quirky and heartfelt, Emma Wood’s text will charm you! And Carla Martell’s illustrations are adorable. I also love the surprising twist ending. This is a sweet and satisfying story you won’t want to miss!
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