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Reviewed by Kayleigh Perumal for Readers' Favorite
In the heartwarming tale Brave Buddy by Chris Yukevich and Sholto Walker, two cats are abandoned in the woods: a dark grey cat named Smokey and a golden ginger named Buddy. At first, the cats entertain themselves by chasing each other among the trees. However, they soon get into trouble when they encounter an unwelcoming lady who sprays them with her hose pipe. They manage to escape, albeit with dripping wet fur. Smokey is adventurous and eager, while Buddy is curious but cautious. When a hiker approaches the two sodden kitties, Smokey is receptive to the man’s interest, but Buddy cowers in the bushes. So, the hiker carries Smokey away, leaving Buddy alone. How will Buddy survive without his friend?
Brave Buddy is an uplifting, easy-to-follow story that touches on several themes, including loneliness, fear, kindness, and patience. Chris Yukevich and Sholto Walker write with engaging and evocative language that both adults and kids will adore. Children will particularly enjoy their use of onomatopoeia, which helps to accentuate the drama and excitement of the story, especially if it is read aloud. The characters are lovable from the outset, and the illustrations are a winsome accompaniment to the writing. I felt sorry for Buddy when he had to sleep on a bed of leaves in the cold forest! This book would be a great addition to a younger sibling’s bookshelf or make a lovely gift for your child. Buddy’s situation will be particularly moving for animal lovers. Like me, they’ll hope that someone may find Buddy and come to his rescue.