‘Oscar Seeks a Friend,’ by Pawel Pawlak.

Making friends is a skill that takes time and practise. I find that picture books make it easy to explore new ways to initiate (and maintain) friendships, as well as allowing children to spot ineffective approaches.

Bearing this in mind, I was very excited to receive a copy of ‘Oscar Seeks a Friend.’ Don’t be fooled by the rather gorgeously gothic cover, Oscar is the sweetest little skeleton you’ll ever meet!

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The story begins with Oscar wishing he had a tooth to fill in his gap to make him look a little less scary. So naturally, when he sees a girl burying a tooth in the ground, he asks her if he could have it. At first, she was reluctant. But when she realised giving Oscar her tooth would gain her a friend, she quickly agreed.

The pair then set off on a wonderful adventure together. First in the girl’s world….

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and then in Oscar’s……

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…. both finding what they were looking for along the way.

Pawlak’s intricate illustrations are painstakingly crafted using various collage techniques and add a layer of ethereal, fragile beauty to the story. He’s also the author of this text which was originally written in Polish before being translated for the English-speaking market by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and being published by Lantana Publishing.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Antonia about her work as a translator for my Library Girl and Book Boy podcast and was fascinated to hear what a pivotal role translators play in getting culturally diverse titles into the U.K. market. We also chatted about why it was so important to expose young readers to story-telling traditions and creators from other cultures.  You can click on the link HERE to listen.

Library Girl.

*Thank you to Lantana Publishing for sending me this title to review and to Antonia and Pawel for giving their time to answer my interview questions*

 

 

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