Here's an offbeat story about a catboy who's best friend is a sunflower named Fred. When Fred and his buddy pass by a skeptical skateboarding cat-kid, he asks sneering questions about Fred and the duo's friendship. After a near miss with wilting heat and a fun, rain-soaked flower dance, the former skeptic decides that his new friends aren't so weird after all . . . at least no weirder than he is! This charming addition to the Balloon Toons series offers a canny portrait of how kids project personalities and feelings onto toys and other objects, and conveys the satisfaction felt when making an unexpected friend.
About Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleary is an artist, clothing designer, and actor-turned-writer, who makes his Blue Apple Books debut in fall 2010. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he now lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
On the Balloon Toons series: "The writing is consistently simple, clear, and often repetitious, with visual clues to aid comprehension. The layout is engaging and accessible, enhanced by large-print speech bubbles and vivid, cartoon-style art. The combination of easy-to-read texts, high-interest plots, and eye-catching illustrations will make these titles appealing to reluctant and emerging readers." --SLJ
On Daniel Cleary's Prickles vs. the Dust Bunnies: "...reminiscent of Mo Willems' Pigeon stories." --SLJ
Balloon Toons: My Friend, Fred (the Plant) by Daniel Cleary with illustrations by Kanako Usui