Tim’s Big Move!

Anke Wagner, Author, Eva Eriksson, Illustrator
Anke Wagner, illus. by Eva Eriksson. North-South, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7358-4090-4
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First published in Switzerland, this story takes on a well-worn theme, as a boy named Tim transfers his fears of moving onto his stuffed animal and “best cuddle buddy,” Pico. Pico frets that their new seaside home in Calabash will be too hot, that he can’t swim, and that he won’t be able to climb the stairs in their big new house. Worst of all, the animal hates the thought of Tim making new friends, since Pico “doesn’t need anybody else. Just Tim. For ever and ever.” Accompanying the boy to his new kindergarten, Pico is jealous when Tim begins playing with a classmate—until Pico hits it off with the girl’s stuffed animal (and is reassured by Tim that he is his “best friend for ever and ever”). Eriksson’s (A Day with Dad) airy art magnifies Pico’s likable (and mercurial) personality; his concerns about what he’ll find in his new home are illustrated in exaggerated frowns and sulks. Tim’s outward confidence and willingness to embrace new things should prove reassuring for readers facing big changes of their own. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
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