More adventures with The Besties: Review of The Besties Make A Splash and The Besties Party On by Felice Arena and Tom Jellett

More adventures with The Besties: Review of The Besties Make A Splash and The Besties Party On by Felice Arena and Tom Jellett

The Besties burst onto the early reader scene in January this year, and now Felice Arena and Tom Jellett have created two new adventures for The Besties, Ruby and Oliver. The Besties have been friends forever and live next-door to each other. They are playful, enthusiastic, inquisitive and entirely relatable children who enjoy cartooning (Oliver) and making music (Ruby).

When we met these two adventurous Aussie kids in the first two books of the series they took us To the Rescue of a baby bird and participated in a forbidden game of Show and Smell.  Now two more books have been released – The Besties Party On and The Besties Make a Splash.

In The Besties Party On it’s Ruby’s birthday and she is planning a party. They decide to have a practice party to try out the games. Will the real party be as good? At the back of the book there are instructions for making a pinata, music for Happy Birthday, jokes and other cool stuff.

In The Besties Make a Splash Ruby and Oliver go to the beach. They enjoy swimming and exploring the rock pools. When their friend Zac turns up with the coolest girl in the school, some tension is created. At the back of the book there are instructions to learn to bodysurf, cartoons, more music and jokes.

These books are designed to appeal to early readers 6+ and the humour should engage even the most reluctant reader. Also, for some children, reading needs to have a purpose:  a reason to invest in the time of sitting still with a book. The activities at the end of each story definitely give purpose to their reading, demonstrating tangible reasons to read the instructions.

Felice Arena is multi-talented and if you head over to his website <insert link> you will find a ukulele album that accompanies the series, along with lyric and chord sheets. He is also the author of the Specky Magee series and many other books for different age groups.

In The Besties series, Felice and Tom have imagined two entirely relatable characters and a formula for reader engagement which has proven to be highly successful. For readers just starting to become independent there are plenty of illustrations to keep them feeling confident, and the activities at the end of the story are accessible and rewarding.

 

 

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Publisher details

The Besties Party On
Authors
Felice Arena, Tom Jellett
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
28 April, 2020

Synopsis

From the author and illustrator of the popular Sporty Kids books comes an exciting new beginner-reader series that celebrates the everyday adventures – at school, at home, in the backyard, even in the living room! A funny, sweet series about kids being kids, where imagination and play rule!Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever . . . It’s Ruby’s birthday and she’s going to have the most amazing party. Ruby and Oliver decide to try out all the games before anyone else gets there. It’s too good! How will the real party ever compete with the besties’ practice party?

Publisher details

The Besties Make a Splash
Authors
Felice Arena, Tom Jellett
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
28 April, 2020

Synopsis

From the author and illustrator of the popular Sporty Kids books comes an exciting new beginner-reader series that celebrates the everyday adventures – at school, at home, in the backyard, even in the living room! A funny, sweet series about kids being kids, where imagination and play rule!Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever . . . Oliver and Ruby love going to the beach – swimming in the surf, wading in the rockpools and eating ice-cream! And it gets even better when their funny friend Zac and the coolest girl in school turn up. But what if your bestie is having more fun with someone else?
Felice Arena
About the author

Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including Whippersnapper, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid series. For more information about Felice and his books visit his website at: felicearena.com

Books by Felice Arena

Tom Jellett
About the author

Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph.He has also illustrated a number of books for children, including Australia at The Beach by Max Fatchen, The Littlest Pirate series by Sherryl Clark for Penguin Books, The Gobbledygook is Eating A Book by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein and the follow up My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny for Walker Books.Tom has also been included in the Editorial and Book category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York in 2011 and 2013. He was also included in Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2012, 3×3 Children’s Show No. 9, and was also Highly Commended in the 2013 Illustrators Australia Awards.

Books by Tom Jellett

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