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Two Sides

Written by Polly Ho-Yen

Illustrated by Binny Talib

Part of the Colour Fiction Series

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February 2019 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2019

Charmingly produced, this is a beautifully illustrated and designed book which makes the very best use of its stylish illustrations and layout to tell an important story about friendship and its complications. Lula and Lenka enjoy and acknowledge their many differences while also remaining steadfastly good friends. It doesn’t matter that Lula loves talking and Lenka loves drawing. Or that Lenka loves cats and Lula loves dogs. But then they have an argument and words are said which hurt. Now they don’t want to play together or even speak to each other. But that feels all wrong too. How can the two girls make things better. Friends everywhere and of all ages will recognise the intensity of these two little girls’ friendship and will be willing them on to make it up!.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for February 2019:

Lark by Anthony McGowan

Two Sides by Polly Ho-Hen

The Star-spun Web by Sinead O'Hart

Boom! Bang! Royal Meringue! by Sally Doran

Along Came A Different by Tom McLaughlin

The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson 

Introducing a beautifully illustrated full-colour fiction range, bridging the gap between picture books and chapter books for newly independent young readers.

Each story has a unique voice, and encourages children to think and see the world differently, helping to develop empathy, tolerance and understanding. They celebrate difference, collaboration, exploration, extraordinary acts of kindness, unlikely unions and loving relationships, challenging stereotypes and empowering children with the tools they need to make sense of the world and see it through different eyes.

Stripes Associate Publisher Jane Harris said: “We are known for publishing child friendly, accessible fiction with innovative cover designs, sensitively designed pages and high production values. We are now taking that expertise into colour fiction, creating a collection of original and diverse stories with global appeal, written by new and established authors all with their own voice and passions. I am thrilled to have such a talented list of authors and illustrators contributing to the collection.” 
Stripes Art Director Paul Coomey said:  “Pictures mean business, certainly, and with that, art makes magic. We’re creating full colour books that draw this into focus. We have more pages to play with than a picture book, giving our authors the space to tell a bigger story and our artists the scope to explore a more expansive, richer visual narrative – one that will connect with story lovers everywhere, especially those still discovering the confidence to read solo. I love what we’re creating here, and I can’t wait to see our readers fall in love with these books too.”

Two Sides Synopsis

Lula and Lenka are best friends and total opposites - Lula is a Dog Person and Lenka is a Cat Person; Lula is super messy and Lenka is neat and tidy; Lula likes talking to people and Lenka likes watching people - but together they make the perfect pair. Until The Day that Everything Goes Wrong ... and suddenly the girls are no longer friends. What started as a day like any other ends with Lula and Lenka ignoring each other and sitting on opposite sides of the classroom. As the days go by Lula makes a new friend who talks almost as much as she does, while Lenka just plays on her own. In spite of feeling lonely, neither one is prepared to listen or forgive ... or to say sorry. Will it be this way forever?

A thoughtful story exploring friendship and the importance of listening and keeping an open mind.

Two Sides Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I love this book 100/100! Full review

Sarah Simmons (Age 5)

This book proves that friendship can be hard sometimes but it will work out in the end. Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 10)

A beautiful story about the ups and downs of friendship. Full review

Charlotte Walker

This short colourful story about friendship is good. Lula and Lenka are sad that they have fallen out (about a pencil case!) and don’t know how to fix things - but spoiler alert, they do in the end! Full review

Lucas Blake (Age 8)

A good story about two girls arguing. It tells you what they are both thinking and has really interesting pictures. Full review

Aidan Jones (Age 6)

The story tackles relationship issues in an age appropriate way. My super sensitive daughter really empathised with the characters and was relieved when the story resolved at the end. It is a great prompt for discussion around the subject of 'differences' and accepting that there are always 'two sides'. Full review

Olivia Townsend (Age 7)

Lula and Lenka are best friends and total opposites. This is the story of them falling out and then how they manage to become friends again. The book has beautiful coloured pictures all the way through and it is cleverly told from both sides of the situation in the voice of both girls at once. Full review

Abbie Collings (Age 6)

The colour illustrations made me whizz through the book all the time thinking will Lula and Lenka make up friends? Full review

Amatullah Khatun (Age 8)

A lovely story with two great characters and a positive message! Full review

Sam and Jack Radford (Age 8 and 6)

It was great and would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Full review

Matilda Garey (Age 9)

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ISBN: 9781788950626
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788950626
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Polly Ho-Yen
Illustrator: Binny Talib
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Early Readers

About Polly Ho-Yen

Polly Ho-Yen was born in Northampton and brought up in Buckinghamshire. After working in publishing for several years, she now works as a primary school teacher. Somewhere in between five o'clock in the morning and sitting down in front of a classroom of five-year-olds, Boy in the Tower was written. She lives in South London with her husband and their very vocal cat, Milo.

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