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Lost Beast, Found Friend

Written by Josh Trujillo & illustrated by Nick Kennedy
Published by Oni Press
4.5 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
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“Stunning landscapes shine in this simple, but cheery tale of friendship.”

Among an island village lives a girl named Keelee who spends her days picking fruit to feed her community. While bored working one day, she tosses fruit near her gathering basket and accidentally hits a purple, fuzzy beast who lets out a “Roar!” With a goose egg growing on Beast’s head, Keelee offers him some fruit to eat and decides that as Beast’s new friend, she should accompany him across the island to help him find his way home. They climb hills and sleep under the stars until they reach Beast’s home “where baby beasts and flowers grew.” With a goodbye from Keelee, she returns home and sees Beast soon enough as he comes to play. Kennedy’s cohesive and confident illustrations boast lush jungle landscapes, vibrant skies, and interesting characters with a slightly prehistoric, yet magical feel and wonderful facial expressions. While the story itself isn’t substantial and contains questionable elements—such as how Keelee knew where Beast lived or why it took them so long to get Beast home, yet it’s only a short visit to come and play later—and the flow of the text contains some near rhymes, the story feels cheerful and sweet. The illustrations truly shine and elevate this otherwise bland tale of friendship.

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Lost Beast, Found Friend is the moving, uplifting adventure story about an unlikely friendship between a young girl and a magical beast.

Keelee is a brave, young girl who discovers a purple, fuzzy, funny beast! Together the two must make their way across this fantastic land to return Beast to his home. This is a touching tale of friendship and fun that children will want to revisit again and again. The children’s book is the debut of painter Nick Kennedy and comics writer Josh Trujillo (Dodge City). Lost Beast, Found Friend transports readers to a lush, tropical world, and Kennedy’s unique style gives Keelee and her new friend a vivid fantasy world to play in. This book will stick with readers of all ages long after story-time is over. Lost Beast, Found Friend is a charming and vibrant adventure story for the explorer in all of us!

What Kind of Book is Lost Beast, Found Friend

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.25 / 7.0
Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
4.5 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.75 / 7.0

The off-rhyme scheme was annoying, but the illustrations and story were really cute! :)

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Who Wrote Lost Beast, Found Friend

Josh Trujillo

Josh Trujillo is a writer, editor, and comic book creator based in San Rafael, California. He has worked with clients including Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Shanken Creative Group, Oni Press, Telltale Games, and DC Comics, among others. His work spans different genre and audiences, specializing in children’s fiction, fantasy, humor, history, romance, gaming, and LGBTQ issues. Trujillo speaks for inclusiveness and diversity in popular media, and works alongside groups including the USC ONE Archive and Prism Comics. Josh loves his dog, his country, and is of good moral fiber. You can remain updated on his work by following Josh on Twitter @LostHisKeysMan.

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Publication Date:
June 9, 2020

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