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Picture Book Review by Roxanne Troup – Old Friends

OLD FRIENDS

Written by Margaret Aitken

Illustrated by Lenny Wen

(Feiwel and Friends; $18.99; Ages 4-8)

 

 

Old Friends cover

 

 

This sweet, intergenerational picture book, Old Friends, from debut author, Margaret Aitken, and illustrator, Lenny Wen, will have readers longing for their own group of “old friends.”

 

Old Friends int1 girl on rug
Interior spread from Old Friends written by Margaret Aitken and illustrated by Lenny Wen, Feiwel & Friends ©2022.

 

Marjorie’s “old soul” refuses to be bound by the conventions of “child’s play.” She longs for someone who understands her love of baking, crafting, and gardening. Taking cues from her late grandmother’s indomitable spirit, Marjorie goes undercover …

 

 

Old Friends int art2 girl in mirror
Interior art from Old Friends written by Margaret Aitken and illustrated by Lenny Wen, Feiwel & Friends ©2022.

 

and finds an unlikely set of friends at her local senior citizens’ group.

 

Old Friends int3 dancing
Interior spread from Old Friends written by Margaret Aitken and illustrated by Lenny Wen, Feiwel & Friends ©2022.

 

 

But when her disguise falls apart in the midst of the cha-cha, Marjorie worries her new friends won’t want her around. Thankfully, her “old friends” are really young at heart. They welcome her wholeheartedly, but will they welcome another “old soul” into the group? Will Marjorie? 

This charming intergenerational picture book will have readers longing for their own group of “old friends.” A wonderful pick for Grandparent’s Day, Aitken’s heartwarming story is not to be missed. Wen’s vibrant artwork, only adds to its appeal. Her bright, fun style complements Aitken’s storyline truly making Old Friends an ideal book for both the young and young-at-heart.

Rating: A definite 10!

  • Reviewed by Roxanne Troup

 

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