THE FRIENDSHIP TRIP by Wolfgang Slawski


by & illustrated by & translated by
Age Range: 5 - 8
Email this review


 Arthur hangs out at the local train station, observing the throngs, waiting for someone to come visit him. No one comes, ever. Wrong station, Arthur concludes, so he hops a train to the next station down the line, only to find a man as hapless as he is, also waiting for a visitor. Together they ride the rails in search of a station where someone will come to visit them. Never happens. Instead, the two find at every station more people waiting for their own Godots. They all join the quest, journeying from station to station, until their numbers equal the population of a small town. At the last stop, after all the stations have been tried, Arthur has a brainstorm. Since they're all friends now, they can visit each other. If the rumpled, frumpy Arthur can find a soulmate or two, Slawski's first book implies, anyone can. In the scratchy lines of the illustrations, the gawky postures of the participants, arresting perspectives of train stations and cities, and festiveness of the gathering crowds is a story that is utterly fetching. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-55858-554-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1996


ChildrenTHE BIG LITTLE SNEEZE by Katja Reider
by Katja Reider
ChildrenCAPTAIN JONATHAN SAILS THE SEA by Wolfgang Slawski
by Wolfgang Slawski


ChildrenHAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAVY! by Brigitte Weninger
by Brigitte Weninger
ChildrenGRANDPA'S AMAZING COMPUTER by Ursel Scheffler
by Ursel Scheffler
ChildrenCAPTAIN JONATHAN SAILS THE SEA by Wolfgang Slawski
by Wolfgang Slawski