This book warmed my heart after a horrible day at work. I came home to discover the Zoe and Beans book, a bag, a mug and jelly beans. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
Published by Macmillan in January 2011, this is going to do so well in the picture book market for those who are fans of friendship tales along the lines of Oliver Jeffers and for existing fans of Mick Inkpen.
Written and illustrated by Mick Inkpen and his daughter Chloe, ‘Zoe and Beans’ tells the charming tale of a little girl Zoe and her pet dog Beans, who makes the habit of stealing Zoe’s toy ever since he misplaced his. Will Zoe get her toy back before it smells of dog and will Beans ever be reunited with his chew toy Binky Boo?
I love the almost camaraderie between the two in this book. There is clear love between the pet and his owner but their friendship is not without its ups and downs, as is the case with every friendship. A charming book. I fell in love with the illustrations immediately; Chloe Inkpen’s drawings depict the friendship between Zoe and beans with an artists ease and I can see why she got the esteemed second prize for the Macmillan Children’s Prize for illustration.
‘Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo’ is published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 7th January 2011