A little girl sets out in search of her missing Chihuahua and best friend, Fernando. She encounters a variety of other animals in turn but none fits all her identikit specifications. Giraffe is ‘Way too big’; Mouse lacks a shiny black nose; Bear’s nose is right but his eyes are too small; the large-eyed frogs are the wrong colour. Chicken? Those feathers rule her out. So, what about the next creature: cuddly? Yes, bouncy? Yes, enormous ears? Yes, but … no! Rabbit is still not the object of her search. Consternation all round; just where is her missing best friend? But listen… ‘Yip!’ Could that just be? … The reunion is joyful.
Ollie Lett uses plain, acrylic backgrounds in arresting shades on which to place his uncomplicated, almost child-like images, images which both stand out and focus attention upon the words. Told entirely through dialogue, the playful text reads aloud beautifully and the placing of the dialogue within painted speech bubbles makes for a complete integration of words and pictures.