Milo and Ze

A Tale of Friendship

Children - Animals
66 Pages
Reviewed on 02/09/2015
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Author Biography

Meet the authors…
Mark Watson was born in England, Pablo Michau in South Africa, both now live in Mataro, Spain. “We met through our children, they attend the same school and are the only English speaking kids in their class.” Mark is an English teacher in the little Spanish town and Pablo is a freelance illustrator/graphic designer. “After a brief conversation about our hopes for the future and our love of children’s books we decided to take one of Mark’s existing stories and put it together. We are much happier with the result than we could have hoped.” After their first collaboration Mark and Pablo have decided to work exclusively together on many more children’s books, as Mark explains “Pablo has the ability to see the pictures I have in my mind, as a child walking to school through the park I used to daydream about a shark under the grass chasing me, not only has Pablo managed to capture the threat and fear of a giant shark, he has also managed to faithfully reproduce the park of my childhood, in all its mysterious glory.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Milo and Ze: A Tale of Friendship by Mark Watson is the story of an adorable pet, Milo, who finally escapes from his kennel when it is broken into pieces. He looks into the crater and sees a fallen star. The star tells Milo that it has come to help him as it watched him while he was dreaming. The star tells Milo that he will meet a friend at his journey's end. And off they go on a journey across the bridge, through towns and onto the roads. Milo sees many new things on his journey and meets a lot of new people, until he finally meets up with a little boy, Ze. The book conveys a good message of enduring hardships in life to reach one's goal and emerge a winner.

I enjoyed the story for its beautiful concept. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they add life and color to the characters and scenes. The book will make a good bedtime story and it is also perfect to use for read aloud sessions in school libraries and classrooms. The concept and the message conveyed through the story are very helpful in teaching kids how to look at life and handle the challenges they face in life. The book teaches young readers new things and ideas, and helps improve their vocabulary. The story is emotional and touches the hearts of readers. Milo finally finding his home is an emotional as well as a joyful moment.

Sarah Barnett

Fantastic children's book with a poignant, heartwarming story and beautiful images alongside. It gives me a lump in my throat...joining the venerable ranks of Peepo, Stickman et al. I challenge you to get to the end without a voice wobble!

Dan Miller

Hope, a long journey, friendship and a cut dog. Milo and Ze has all of the above and more. This book is the perfect combination of inspiring, clever rhyme and exciting, engaging illustration. Highly recommended!