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The Besties Make a Splash

Felice Arena Tom Jellett



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28 April 2020
Children's & Educational; General fiction (Children's&YA); Humorous stories (Children's&YA)
Series: Besties
Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever . . . Oliver and Ruby love going to the beach - swimming in the surf, wading in the rockpools and eating ice-cream! And it gets even better when their funny friend Zac and the coolest girl in school turn up. But what if your bestie is having more fun with someone else?
By:   Felice Arena
Illustrated by:   Tom Jellett
Imprint:   Puffin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 129mm,  Width: 198mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   86g
ISBN:   9781760890964
ISBN 10:   1760890960
Series:   Besties
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   28 April 2020
Recommended Age:   From 6 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Felice Arena (Author) Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including the acclaimed historical adventures The Boy and the Spy, Fearless Frederic and The Great Escape, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid and Sporty Kids series. Tom Jellett (Illustrator) Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph and his work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The Week and Medical Observer. He is an acclaimed children's book illustrator whose work includes a series about a little pirate (The Littlest Pirate), books about a teddy bear called Ted (Ted Goes Wild, Ted Gets Lost and Ted Hits Town) and the Sporty Kids series, written by Felice Arena. His picture books with Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book and The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle have been Australian bestsellers. His other acclaimed picture books include Why I Love Footy and Why I Love Summer with Michael Wagner, and Grandpa's Big Adventure written by Paul Newman. In 2011, Tom was included in the editorial category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York.

Reviews for The Besties Make a Splash

Make a Splash is about the normal things kids do and the everyday emotional challenges that arise when navigating life, school and friendships. A key feature of all the books in the series is also play, and the power and importance of letting kids immerse themselves in imaginative play. Author Felice Arena has said of his brainstorming process in coming up with the series: How about two best friends - besties - who share in everyday adventures at home, in their backyards, and at school? And what if I make sure that the stories are not over-complicated and weighed down in heavy narrative, or bound by over-the-top plots and jeopardy? What if the dialogue and action was entertaining and visually engaging? And, truly, every idea Arena mentions above has been nailed in the series. These are books about everyday life. They are not overly complicated and the dialogue and action is HIGHLY entertaining and visually engaging. -Kids' Book Reviews

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