A girl and her social media–savvy cat search the world for friends in this debut rhyming picture book.
Tasha feels as though she doesn’t fit in and has too few friends. To find new ones, she believes she needs to travel, so she and her smartphone-toting cat, Pierre, pack their bags and head out. Trying to befriend a faux jive–speaking urban owl, Tasha accepts a dare and attempts to fly. Luckily, a little magical intervention (and a timely parachute), depicted in debut illustrator Tan’s fantastical, solid-lined, painterly image, saves the day. Time and again, Tasha fails to make friends. Eventually, Pierre chases away her sadness by showing her a series of selfies: “How can you be so sad / after all the adventures we’ve had?” The illustrations reveal that on their way home, the two pick up a couple of friends to share their escapades, perhaps because they aren’t trying so hard. In this quirky tale, Hindriks and Bautista’s rhyme patterns are a bit uneven. And the owl’s asking if Tasha gets “high…I mean fly?” may have parents cringing and young readers asking questions. But Tan’s lovely images deftly move the story forward, integrating social media icons into a world like Alice’s Wonderland.
A bumpy tale about choosing friends wisely with beautiful illustrations.