This friendship starts with a leaf ...


Boof, a bear, likes to collect things. Pine is a porcupine who lives for adventure. Boof's best friend is a red leaf. When the wind takes it away, Boof is sad, but Pine, a self-proclaimed expert, is sure he can help! Spotting the leaf turned out to be easy ... catching it, not so much. Pine wakes a sleeping boar, mistakes a snake for a vine, and ends up stuck in a log. Boof doesn't get his leaf back. Instead, he gets something better: a friend.

Parent Perspective:
Young children will likely enjoy the humor in the story, complete with the underwear "jokes." Pine is a Mr. Magoo-type creature. The text-to-image balance is perfect for this audience. The illustrations leave plenty "blank" space for the story to shine through. Despite the darker shades, the characters have a happiness about them. Still, the story was just "meh" for me.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Young readers who like any reference to "underwear" will giggle at this story of friendship.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is a picture book that uses humor in the journey to creating a friendship.
Educational Themes:

This friendship story has some other layers that young readers may tap into: Boof's grief and loss, Pine's "overstating" his abilities, and making apologies for their mistakes.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Skip. There are lots of other, stronger friendship stories out there.

Title Pine and Boof: The Lucky Leaf
Author Ross Burach
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2017
Illustrators Ross Burach
ISBN 9780062418500
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Adventure, Nature, Friendship, Humor, Seasons, Weather
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