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Caspian Finds a Friend

Written by Jacqueline Véissid & illustrated by Merrilees Brown
Published by Chronicle Books
5.31 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.4 / 5.0
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“A search for friendship that successfully wows hearts, but more especially eyes, with its beauty.”

The book opens on a magnificent lighthouse vista as Caspian watches the waves “wondering, waiting, wishing for a friend”. His waiting turns to action when he sends off a message in a bottle, its contents initially unknown to the reader and a single-word response sends Caspian off on an ocean adventure until he finally arrives at his destination—a friend in polar bear form. The end feels almost too anticlimactic as the two immediate friends start for Caspian’s home in seeming thoughtless disregard for whatever home the polar bear once had, but this small flaw pales in comparison with the magnificence of the telling of this simple story in both prose and picture. The story itself is told smoothly in a tone simultaneously sad, hopeful and soothing with enjoyable injections of seashore terminology as Caspian’s “hopes bo[b] like a bottle on waves”, its repetition of “wondering, waiting, wishing” emphasizing to the reader the depth and duration of the little boy’s loneliness without a friend. The illustrations, however, are the true masterstroke. Spread after spread are filled with marvelous details and a masterful use of texture that creates depth and interest while still matching the softness that characterizes the book. The changing of the seasons, melding of constellations with the sea and bursting sunrise awash with pink all form striking tableaus that speak to the readers soul in an invitation to powerful emotion.

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Publisher Summary

Caspian lives in a lighthouse surrounded by a cold gray-blue sea. Every day, he watches, wishing for a friend. But no one comes. So, Caspian decides that wishing is not enough. What follows is an imaginative journey that will inspire readers to reach out to others and remind us all that the power to change our world lies within ourselves.

What Kind of Book is Caspian Finds a Friend

Quotes from This Book

  • “Caspian lies down in his boat and looks up watching, wondering, wishing — and slowly falls asleep, his dreams drifting on a gentle sea.”
  • “Early one morning, Caspian notices a glistening nestled in the rocks. He slowly uncorks the bottle and pulls out a piece of paper. Only one word is written.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Caspian really wants to have a friend. While you may not be able to send off a message in a bottle, what are some things you could do to help you make more friends? How can you be a good friend?

  • As Caspian drifts on the sea, the illustrations feature a host of constellations. Do you recognize any of them? With an adult’s help, try to learn some of the stories behind and names of constellations.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
6.0 / 7.0
Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.5 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
4.75 / 7.0

While the story takes a turn that seems surprisingly shallow and simple considering the skillful artistry of both the book and the initial story development, the illustrations are unique and beautiful throughout, making it on the whole a tender story of friendship.

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.0 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Caspian Finds a Friend

Jacqueline Véissid

Jacqueline Véissid can often be found staring out at the sea, wishing for a new picture book idea. She lives in Hull, Massachusetts. This is her second book.

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Who Illustrated Caspian Finds a Friend

Merrilees Brown

Merrilees Brown studied fine art painting and drawing as well as documentary photography. Originally from London, she now lives in Philadelphia. This is her first book.

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Jacqueline Véissid's Book Dedication

For Olivia

Merrilees Brown's Book Dedication

To Jaska, Esme, and Peg, an inspiring children's librarian.

What does Caspian take out of the bottle in order to make room for his message?
  1. rocks
  2. flowers
  3. milk
  4. juice
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Book Details

Publication Date:
October 15, 2019
Text Details:
Typeset in Apéro.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were created by digitally combining oil paint, relief print, and charcoal.
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