Baz & Benz
Allen & Unwin, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
‘Benz, are we friends?’
‘Yes, Baz, we are best friends’
‘For how long?’
‘For ever and ever.’
Baz and Benz are two little owls, and Baz is trying to discover how far he can push the boundaries of the friendship as he suggests all kinds of things he could do that might fracture the friendship. But even when Benz gets annoyed, the friendship remains strong because Benz is very wise.
From the creator of I Just Ate My Friend, McKinnon once again explores the concept of friendship and what it takes to be a good friend. As with her previous book, the illustrations are set against a plain night sky background, ensuring the young reader pays attention to the focal point and much of the emotion of both Baz and Benz comes through the facial expressions and body language. The story is carried in dialogue colour-coded to each character enabling very young readers to start developing early concepts about print.
Perfect for preschoolers just learning about having friends and being one, as they reflect on their behaviour and its impact on those around them, as well as how other’s behaviour impacts on them.