Landry tackles the complex emotions of friendship and art in this beginning chapter book. The simple, minimalist illustrations show the contrasting styles of the two creatures' art, from abstract paintings to rough-hewn sculptures. Children will relate to the misery of feeling pushed out by a new, exciting addition to a group of friends and struggling to find their place and talents when they're not the best anymore.
This is more complex than a high-level easy reader with more lengthy vocabulary as well as the book's plot. The simple pictures will keep readers' interest but the plot is a little more emotionally complex than most children's beginning chapter books will tackle.
Verdict: Not for every reader, but for a thoughtful, high-level reader this is a good choice for discussion.
ISBN: 9781580896986; Published 2016 by Charlesbridge; Borrowed from another library in my consortium