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Hello, Friend!

Written by Rebecca Cobb

Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

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Hello, Friend! Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers School Stories

A sweet story which also provides a lot of scope for thoughtful conversation and reflection

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

Rebecca Cobb’s warm and uncluttered illustrations capture the importance of friendships and how they can best be made. Here, an eager little girl expresses her delightful enthusiasm for sharing everything including indoor and outdoor play, packed lunch and more while in pleasing contrast the boy who is the focus of her attentions shows that friendship can also take longer to develop. A sweet story which also provides a lot of scope for thoughtful conversation and reflection.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Hello, Friend! Synopsis

A beautifully illustrated, wittily observed picture book about kindness, empathy and friendship from the award-winning Rebecca Cobb.

Hello Friend! tells the story of one big-hearted and enthusiastic little girl who is insistent on making friends with a certain little boy. And why wouldn't he want to be friends with her? She's very good at sharing - even if it's a sandwich that he doesn't like. And she's certain that playing outside is their favourite thing to do, even if he is not so sure. But while he doesn't seem keen on many of the things that she loves to do, there is one thing he's very keen on after all . . . being friends. 

Also available from Rebecca Cobb: LunchtimeAunt Amelia and The Something.

Hello, Friend! Press Reviews

Cobb always perfectly captures the joys and uncertainties of childhood with her observant eye and warm heart. [...] Brimming with Cobb's trademark rich colours, irresistible playfulness and the spirit of adventure that has made her one of the nation's favourite author/illustrators, this creative, clever and utterly charming picture book is destined to be another family favourite! - Lancashire Evening Post

Rebecca Cobb uses minimal text with great clarity and precision in this warm-hearted picture book about making friends. It's a perfect read for little ones starting school or nursery who might be a bit nervous, reassuring them that there will be lots of other children who want to make friends. Cobb's hugely expressive coloured pencil and ink illustration has just the right warmth and cuteness while ably showing the anxiety of the shyer child too. This is a subtly emotional picture book, perfect for adults to use to talk about feelings and fears as well as friendships and consent. - BookTrust

look amazing for teaching about friendship and empathy to younger readers. Perfect for Nursery, reception and Key Stage 1 classes! - the Reader Teacher

Friendship and optimism are what Rebecca Cobb's Hello Friend! (Macmillan, GBP11.99, 3+) addresses, with typical insight, wit and graphic elegance. A little blonde girl insists on befriending a shy brown-haired boy at nursery, relentlessly offering him things he doesn't like. She risks rejection - but triumphs. - New Statesman

There is a lovely warmth saturating Rebecca Cobb's Hello Friend!, in which a rosy-cheeked protagonist plays zealously with a less enthusiastic pal, building towers, sharing lunch and banging a tambourine. At last, a small farewell smile shows that she has won him over, and the next day he is as excited as she is. A charming look at playground dynamics that effortlessly evokes pre-schooler feelings of being excited and overwhelmed - The Guardian

This funny and cheerful picture book tells one story in the text and another in the easy-to-read pictures, as an overenthusiastic little girl is determined to befriend a reluctant boy at playgroup. But a twist shows friendliness is to be recommended. - Sunday Times

[Rebecca] Cobb's illustrations capture the joy of childhood - Sunday Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781447250524
Publication date: 20/08/2020
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781447250517
Publication date: 25/07/2019
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447250524
Publication date: 20th August 2020
Author: Rebecca Cobb
Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: School Stories
Collections: Let's Get Back to School!, 85 Brilliant Books about Friendships,

About Rebecca Cobb

Rebecca Cobbis one of the most talented names in picture books. Since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts she has created a number of critically acclaimed books with Macmillan, including the heart-breakingly beautiful Missing Mummy and Aunt Amelia. Twice shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Rebecca won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for her brilliant book Lunchtime. In addition to working on her own books and Rebecca has also collaborated with some inimitable authors including Julia Donaldson for Macmillan Children's Books on the bestselling Paper Dolls and The Everywhere Bear. Rebecca lives in Falmouth with her husband and young ...

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