Everybody has a friend or family member like Hamster. He loves being the center of attention, he’s selfish, and greedy. His friends Rabbit, Snail, Squirrel, Mole and Hedgehog all know what he’s like but love him no matter what. Reflections of a Solitary Hamster is Gecko Press’ first graphic novel, written by Astrid Desbordes and illustrated by Pauline Martin. Through each quirky episode Hamster and his friends learn some important lessons about friendship, sharing, and that it is the thought that counts. Gecko Press’ ‘curiously good books’ are always presented so beautifully and Reflections of a Solitary Hamster is no exception. Great for children and teens but particularly adults as they will get the often subtle sense of humour.
Good for You, Good for Me by Lorenz Pauli and illustrated by Kathrin Scharer is one of my favourite Gecko Press books so far. Dormouse meets Bear one day while he is walking along playing his flute. Bear gives Dormouse his favourite red cushion so that he can have a play of his flute. This deal is good for them both; Bear has the flute and Dormouse has a cushion to sit on. It turns out that Bear can’t play the flute very well and so they swap back and decide to travel together. They make a good pair and discover that if they work together things will be ‘good for you, good for me.’ The illustrations are delightful and show Bear and Dormouse playing together in the sun and the rain. I especially like the black and white line illustrations of Bear dancing while Dormouse plays his flute. This is a great books for sharing with young children and is a perfect bedtime story.