MY FRIEND FRED
by Frances Watts
illustrated by A. Yi
May 2019 – Allen & Unwin (Australia)
A delightful picture book about a friendship between an exuberant but loveable dachshund and his more retiring, tidy housemate.
My friend Fred eats dog food for breakfast. I think dog food is disgusting.
My friend Fred howls at the moon. I don’t know why.
He does a lot of funny things.
But even though we are different, Fred is my best friend.
A. Yi’s bright and playful illustrations perfectly capture Fred’s character but cleverly hide the identity of the narrator. With lots of visual clues and a few red herrings, Fred’s friend is not revealed until the very last page!
Frances Watts is an award-winning author of more than 25 books for children. Her first picture book, Kisses for Daddy, illustrated by David Legge, was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book and has been published in 20 languages. Her next book with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books, was a CBCA Book of the Year and Goodnight, Mice!, illustrated by Judy Watson, won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Frances lives in Sydney, Australia.
A. Yi is an illustrator and animation artist based in Sydney. She has illustrated various children’s books including the bestselling Alice Miranda series. She likes doodling and wishes all books were illustrated.