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  • Published: 2 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761046506
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.99

A Friend For George



A charming and heartwarming story about finding a friend and discovering what friendship and being a truly good friend is all about.

'A poignant, wonderfully illustrated story of true friendship.' Sunday Telegraph
'A seriously heart-warming and special book that tops the list of most beautiful stories of the year. Ideal for all children from the age of four and up.' Books + Publishing
'Highly recommended . . . readers will be entranced.' Fran Knight, ReadPlus
George likes living by the sea, but he often feels lonely. He’d like to have a friend – someone to talk to, someone to share stories with and someone to laugh with. As that’s what friends do!
When he meets Claude the fish, George finally discovers the joys of having a special friend, as well as learning what it means to be a good friend to someone . . . for if you are, the rewards are bountiful!
'Gabriel Evans is fast becoming one of the most consistently delightful Australian picture book creators of recent years.' Books + Publishing

  • Published: 2 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761046506
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans is a Western Australian children’s book author and illustrator. Working primarily in watercolour and pencil, he creates books from a small studio on a big hill. Gabriel’s books are published internationally in more than twelve countries, have been reviewed in The New York Times, translated into ten languages and read on ABC-TV’s Play School.
Blue Flower by Sonya Hartnett, his first picture book with Penguin Random House, was shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2022. His second picture book with Penguin, A Friend for George, was published in 2023, followed by Listen, Hippo! released in 2024.

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Praise for A Friend For George

A poignant, wonderfully illustrated story of true friendship.

Sunday Telegraph

Highly Recommended . . . Readers will be entranced.

Fran Knight, ReadPlus

Esteemed picture book creator Gabriel Evans returns in high form with this, one of his best works. A Friend for George accomplishes what every great picture book needs: a character of warmth, heart and relevance to the reader; subtle messages that strike emotional chords in minds and hearts of readers of any age; and gripping tension and excitement paced carefully through the story, which builds to a conclusion. Last-minute twists and surprises in the final pages squash any predictable ending we might assume is coming and the story thrills and grips with emotional tension until the concluding page, which induces happy tears. Thanks to the fresh, impeccable text alongside the colourful artwork of beach and ocean-scapes, Evans has created a seriously heart-warming and special book that tops the list of most beautiful stories of the year. Ideal for all children from the age of four and up.

Brenton Cullen, Books + Publishing

Awards & recognition

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Shortlisted  •  2024  •  Children's Book of the Year

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