Armadillo and Hare live with their friends in the Big Forest. Hare loves dancing. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves playing the tuba. Armadillo loves cheese sandwiches. Hare loves his best friend, Armadillo. Armadillo loves Hare - AND cheese sandwiches! They have quite a mix of friends, including an acrobatic wombat, a know-it-all lobster, a hungry jaguar, and (let's not forget) the invisible stick insect.
Over the course of these ten stories of friendship, Armadillo and Hare will learn some very important lessons:
- Exercise is important for Armadillos, but so are cheese sandwiches.
- Big animals like jaguars and small insects get lonely too...and might just be the best of friends.
- Elephants can cause more damage than thunderstorms.
- You can still host a forest birthday party even if it's nobody's birthday, as long as everyone is invited.
Filled with stunning illustrations by Rebecca Bagley, this is a book to be read over and over again.
Indisputably, and hilariously, the title characters of these 10 loopy tales are a classic odd couple. Cranky and a tad slothful, Armadillo can't quite master buttoning his cardigan correctly and is unabashedly obsessed with eating and painting cheese sandwiches. Chirpy housemate Hare favors reading, exercising, and playing his tuba, which, in one of the stories' wry quirks, emits not only sound but such capricious items as a roll of toilet paper, candlelit balloons, and a chorus of frogs (all objects gradually vanish, much to Armadillo's relief). Whimsically echoing the tenor of the goings-on, Bagley's cheerful illustrations capture the expressive protagonists' mutual exasperation and affection, as well as their interactions with a menagerie of pals, including a lonely jaguar, a nosy elephant, and a loquacious insect whose camouflage skills render her invisible. Strong adds a wry existential note to this breezy contemplation on friendship, compromise, and acceptance, as Armadillo and Hare extemporaneously ask the other, "What do you do?" to which each replies, "I just am." And for peckish readers who share Armadillo's cravings, the author provides amusingly simple instructions for making the character's "best" cheese sandwich. Ages 7 10.