Phil and his buddy, Puff, a stuffed puffin, do everything together. They hide and jump and crawl and growl! They wash and share and wiggle and giggle! Frida and her friend, Fox, a stuffed fox, do everything together, too. They love to play! But when Frida and Fox ask Phil and Puff to play, Phil and Puff are not so sure. Play? Will Phil and Puff and Frida and Fox play together? This sweet and spare picture book by Linda Olafsdottir captures the delicate negotiations and simple joys of toddlers.
Linda Olafsdottir draws, paints, and writes from her home studio in in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and received Reykjavík’s Children’s Literature Award in 2016. Play? is her debut book as an author and illustrator.
Where did you originally get the idea for Play?
The idea came after a little guy with a stuffed puffin appeared in my sketch book and basically asked me to write a story about him. After a few attempts I gave him a friend called Frida and together they helped me writing a story about how they learn to become friends.
Are there any details of Play? that you particularly love that readers should watch for?
Yes, how Puff and Fox, Phil and Frida’s stuffed animals communicate and show emotions through out the book - and become friends!
Did you have a specific audience in mind when you created Play?
The youngest audience. The story is told with very few words, some spreads are wordless and the story is mostly told through pictures. It is about this transition where children learn playing with other children and discover friendships - which is not always painless, ha!