Picture Book Review: Penpals Forever

Penpals Forever by C.K. Smouha

Penpals Forever
by C.K. SmouhaJürg Lindenberger (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars

Freddy the mouse and Annabel the elephant become penpals and write letters back and forth. Freddy tells Annabel about the bullies in his neighborhood who stole his skateboard, and when Freddy stops writing altogether Annabel is worried that something must have happened to him.

I love that Annabel’s letters are humongous and taller than Freddy. And Freddy’s letters are tiny, and Annabel has to read them with a microscope. That made me laugh! Nothing can stop those two from being friends!

I really hated the illustrations. The art style is weirdly bulbous. The character’s faces are distorted, and their arms are too long. Nothing is in correct proportion to anything else, and it’s confusing.

However, I loved the clever story so much! The writing is excellent, and the characters are fun. It’s a delight from start to finish!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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