The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy - Beatrice Alemagna



Eddie is five and a half, and thinks she is the only one in her family who isn’t really good at something. So when she hears her little sister say “birthday—Mommy—fluffy—little—squishy,” it’s extra important for her to find this amazing present before anyone else does. So, gregarious, charming, clever little Eddie goes all around the neighborhood to all her fabulous friends—the florist, the chic boutique owner, the antiques dealer, and even the intimidating butcher—to find one. It’s a magical adventure that draws on Eddie’s special gifts, ones that she herself learns to appreciate.


Originally published in French as Le merveilleux Dodu-Velu-Petit, Alemagna's sweet and enticing tale recently won the Batchelder award for translation from the American Library Association in January of 2016. The plot is high energy, and little Eddie is totally sympathetic, adorably desperate to find her mother a perfect gift for her birthday. The cast of secondary characters are a mixture of blunderingly and unknowingly helpful. The illustrations are bright and exuberant, Eddie always standing out in each image due to her bright pink coat and spiky, unkempt hair.


I definitely recommend this book, not only for the fantastic illustrations, but also because of the fun plot, the colourful characters, and the absolutely brilliant English title (not that I'm saying the French title isn't good, but I don't know enough French to make any comment.)

Highly Recommended

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