Who says a best friend can’t have petals? Meet Fred. He’s all those things and more to his best friend, Luke. But Ringo, a sneering skateboarder, thinks Luke is a weirdo—and Fred is just a plant! Luke isn’t worried; he knows he’s not weird, at least not in a bad way. And Fred will win Ringo over. That’s another thing about Fred, he’s really good at making new friends. Defending a weirdo friend makes for great friendships and great books. For kids who like a beat that’s a little off—this new Balloon Toon-er strikes the right note! “The writing is consistently simple, clear, and often repetitious, with visual clues to aid comprehension. The layout is engaging and accessible, enhanced by large-print speech bubbles and vivid, cartoon-style art. The combination of easy-to-read texts, high-interest plots, and eye-catching illustrations will make these titles appealing to reluctant and emerging readers.”—School Library Journal $11.99 US$


  • 40 pages
  • 8.5 x 6.5 inches
  • children ages 6+
  • 4 colors
  • Unjacketed hardcover with taped Arlin spine

Rights available for...

  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Europe)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Spanish