Balloon Toons: My Friend, Fred (The Plant)

by Daniel Cleary , illustrated by Kanako Usui

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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 The Author/Artist

Daniel Cleary is an accomplished custom-made clothing designer and tailor who also created the art and story for the Balloon Toon's title Prickles vs. the Dust Bunnies, hailed by School Library Journal as "reminiscent of Mo Willems' Pigeon stories." He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Kanako Usui's books for the American market include Mr. Watanabe Is Late!, whose "playful and eye-catching" illustrations were praised as having "marvelous enery [and] a lot of inventive humor." (School Library Journal) She lives in Japan.


Ages: 6-9


USA 11.99 | Canada 13.99

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