Smaller than his friend the bear but larger than his friend the bug, a little boy happily spends his day with his two companions. Together they eat, read, plant a garden, play hide-and-seek, take a nap, play with bath water, and go to sleep. Several of the short chapters bring up the characters' relative sizes. For instance, "The bear sleeps on a rug on the floor. The boy sleeps in a bed. The bug sleeps in a peanut shell." The mild episodic story is brought to life by McPhail's deft line drawings, brightened with watercolor washes. The endearing characters and occasional touches of humor make this an appealing book for beginning readers and for reading aloud to younger children. Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
David McPhail was born on June 30, 1940 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. As a child, David was very imaginative and creative, pretending to be famous heroes and drawing what he imagined. In addition, he was addicted to books from an early age. He attended Vesper George University from 1957-1958 and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School from 1963-1966. He has been an illustrator of children’s books since 1967 and an author of children’s books since 1971. He says he enjoys writing and illustrating as much as he did when he began.