“Bendall-Brunello’s Puppy and Bear have marvelously expressive faces, and their play certainly looks like fun in the watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations.…Fits the bill for readers whose own best buds have been lost to school.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Bendall-Brunello’s pencil-and-watercolor artwork brings a touch of anthropomorphism to the friends, and his tender scenes emphasize the closeness between the pals as they pretend to be pirates, share a bicycle, and splash around in a creek. It’s more a friendship story than a school one, but younger siblings should easily empathize with Puppy’s feelings of being left out.” —Publishers Weekly
“Bear and Puppy’s relationship may help children adjust to the childhood plight of missing a dear friend, whether [during] the school day or [for] other reasons.” —School Library Journal
About the Author
Larry Dane Brimner is the author of more than 160 books for young readers. His books have received many awards, including the Carter G. Woodson Award, the Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Book Award Honor, and the Eureka! Gold and Silver state awards in California, among other accolades. Born in Florida, he taught at the high school and university levels in California for twenty years and now makes his home in both San Diego, California, and Tucson, Arizona. When he is not writing, he enjoys mountain biking, cooking, working with mosaic tile, and playing hide-and-seek with his schnauzer, Kubric. Learn more about the author at www.brimner.com.
John Bendall-Brunello is the illustrator of more than eighty children’s books published throughout the world. He grew up in a village just north of Cambridge, England, the youngest in a family of nine children with many pets, including cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even two white mice. He has won two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards for his work in addition to a Florida state award honor and a Highlights High Five magazine “Illustration of the Year” designation. He currently lives in both Cambridge, England, and Cannes, France, with his wife and little dog. Learn more about the artist at www.johnbendall-brunello.com.