Freddy the Not -Teddy
Hilary Jean Tapper
EK Books, 2022
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Jonah’s favourite toy is Freddy, but Freddy is not a teddy – he might have been a funky duck, a peculiar platypus or even a punk rock penguin – and that causes a problem when there is to be a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at school. Does Jonah take Freddy who means so much to him, or a teddy that he finds hiding, forgotten, under his bed?
This is a heart-warming story that will appeal to all our young readers who have a favourite stuffed toy that is not a teddy, especially if they have had to make a decision about whether it “fits the brief” for an occasion like a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Jonah’s solutions to both his own problem and that of Cassie will inspire them to be brave enough to be themselves despite peer pressure.