The Wonderful fluffy Little Squishy
Publisher Group Canada / Enchanted Lion
By Beatrice Alemagna
Synopsis from Publishers Group Canada:
Eddie is five and a half, and thinks she is the only one in her family who isn’t really good at something. So when she hears her little sister say ‘birthday-Mommy-fluffy-little-squishy,’ it’s extra important for her to find this amazing present before anyone else does. So, gregarious, charming, clever little Eddie goes all around the neighbourhood to all her fabulous friends-the florist, the chic boutique owner, the antiques dealer, and even the intimidating butcher-to find one. It’s a magical adventure that draws on Eddie’s special gifts, ones that she herself learns to appreciate.
I enjoyed The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy for so many reasons. First, the overheard conversation paired with a child wanting to find his or her special talent. Its always easier to see what other people may excel after over understanding our own gifts. I think many families, kids and adults, can relate to that.
Second, little Eddie’s attempt to find something special for her mom’s birthday by enlisting help from her neighbourhood (adult) friends. The respect shown between the various shop owners and Eddie reminds us that kids aren’t just a nuisance. Mutual respect in manner and dialog goes a long way in creating great humans in all of us (something Theo the butcher could learn a thing or two about). It was interesting to see each adult’s interpretation of Eddie’s request. Although the items she receives from her friends aren’t quiet what Eddie has in mind for her gift, they do contribute quite surprisingly to the end result.
The illustrations add to the warmth and charm of The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy, giving almost a fluffy magical feel to Eddie’s little village.