Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

May 28, 2016

My friend Ernest

Emma Allen, illustrated by Hannah Sommerville
ISBN: 9781460750537
RRP: $24.99

Oscar is reluctant to join in at school. All the kids are rushing to get their dress-ups and snatching for their favourites; especially that boy with the dragon tail. He seems to be paying special attention to Oscar and later when he knocks down his sandcastle, Oscar gets angry and throws water over his tail. Things could get nasty but it’s refreshing to see another behaviour modelled here. As the title suggests, things turn out well but it takes a careful while to resolve. The homely illustrations add to a warm story of budding friendship and fitting in.