“Nothing could beat the feeling of having a best friend.”
“A funny feeling squirmed around in Milo’s tummy.”
“What if Jay didn’t want to be best friends with him anymore?”
Milo and Jay have always been best friends and they live on the same street. One day a new girl, Suzi, moves in across the road. Initially Milo is pleased but then his friend Jay goes round to play with her and is having lots of fun, without him! Milo has a funny, squirmy feeling in his stomach and then… a green eyed monster appears. The monster says all the negative things that Milo is thinking and Milo decides to stop seeing Jay and Suzi at all and is all alone. One day Suzi taps him on the shoulder and asks why he isn’t friends with Jay any more. Milo decides to get rid of the pesky green eyed monster as he realizes the monster has nearly spoiled everything and is able to say sorry to Jay. In the end the three become friends again.
Another lovely and very helpful book by Tom Percival in his Big Bright Feelings series. Almost everyone can say they have encountered friendship situations that they find difficult and this book can help start a discussion with a child who might be having worries about their friendships. It always helps to know that other people feel this way too and that it is ok to have these feelings. I like the fact that physical feelings associated with jealousy are mentioned as I think this is very relevant to children. The illustrations are lovely and realistic for the range of emotions the characters are feeling. The story has a positive ending with the new friend helping the two boys to mend their relationship.