by Anna Walker
reviewed by Kerry Neary
Where would children’s picture books be without friendship stories? Some include imaginary friends, like Lottie and Walter, latest release from magical author-illustrator Anna Walker.
Lottie has a secret. Of course, I can’t tell you what it is, except that it has something to do with shapes and shadows in the swimming pool. Then out of a puddle beside the pool pops Walter. Walter is a walrus. He enjoys the same things that Lottie does, like books and fish fingers; but not soap bubbles in his eyes. At the pool party on Saturday, Lottie still worries about the shapes and shadows. Then she hears Walter’s song – Humbelly doo…, Loopy loo – and she knows she is safe.
The text is written with sweet simplicity and warmth for a fearful child. The watercolour illustrations are charmingly child-like and transform a lumbering walrus into something cute and loveable. He’s the perfect friend to help others overcome their fears.
Penguin Books 2019 Hardback Picture Book $24.99 40 pages ISBN: 9780143787181