This is the third outing for duo Bear & Squirrel, following the best-selling titles I’m Sticking With You and I’m Sticking With You Too. This time the friends are planning a party, with Squirrel at the helm, although his plans seem to be getting more and more extravagant as they go on. Bear is not so sure and starts to feel a bit shy, but after being reassured by Squirrel, he agrees to stick around and is confident that they will have a good time.
However, as their friends start to arrive in large numbers, it is Squirrel who is suddenly overwhelmed by the event. Bear is having a wonderful time, but when he can’t see Squirrel anywhere, he rushes out of the party to look for his best friend. Bear now needs to reassure Squirrel how much fun he will have at the party and that it just wouldn’t be the same without him there to share it too. ‘We’re there for each other, whatever the day. So let’s stick together and party away’.
Let’s Stick Together is a lovely heart-warming tale about the importance of friendship, being there for each other and how you are never truly alone when you have your friends by your side. Steve Small’s bright and colourful illustrations create a wonderful, busy atmosphere, with plenty of fun things for small readers to find and talk about, while Smriti Halls’ easy and clever rhyming story has the perfect mixture of humour and pathos. This is a warm and gentle book to cuddle up with and reassure little ones that everyone feels shy and scared sometimes, but that all you need are your friends.