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The three funny friends
Zolotow, Charlotte, 1915-2013.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Running Press Kids, 2003.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A story about finding a true friend in new surroundings.
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A classic story first published in 1961, The Three Funny Friends tells the tale of a little girl who moves to a new town and, in her loneliness, befriends a trio of pals who conspire to do all sorts of things--both good and naughty--with her. The mischief continues, to the frustration of the little girl's weary mother, until the girl meets a flesh-and-blood child who lives next door. As they play and pursue adventures, those three funny friends are suddenly nowhere to be seen. It's a sweet, affecting story, for ages 48, about finding one's place in a new home, and the importance of companionship.

Author Notes

Charlotte Zolotow was born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro on June 26, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, where she took classes in art, writing and child psychology. She began her publishing career in New York, in the adult trade-book division of what is now known as HarperCollins, but eventually took a job in the children's division. As an editor, she presided over her own imprint, Charlotte Zolotow Books. She was named publisher emerita at HarperCollins in 1991.

Her first picture book, The Park Book, was published in 1944. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 90 children's books including Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, My Grandson Lew, William's Doll, The Hating Book, and The Seashore Book. In 1998, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison's School of Education established the Charlotte Zolotow Award, which is an American literary award presented annually for outstanding picture book writing published in the United States in the preceding year. Zolotow died on November 19, 2013 at the age of 98.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In The Three Funny Friends by Charlotte Zolotow, originally published in 1961, but with new artwork by Linda Bronson, Guy-guy, Bickerina and Mr. Dobie do all sorts of things the girl heroine would never do, but her parents can't see any of them at all. Bronson's geometric forms and swirling lines convey the antics of the girl's imaginary animal friends in humorous artwork that conveys the girl's gently rebellious nature. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this newly illustrated version of a story originally published in 1961, a nameless little girl moves to a new town and takes comfort in her three imaginary friends. Guy-Guy, a penguin, is the one behind all the naughty things she seems to do. Bickerina, a rabbit, does wonderful things that no one can see, like finishing chores and buying castles for the family. Mr. Dobie, a pig, does all the things the little girl doesn't want to do; he takes her bath, eats her supper for her, and even sleeps for her when she doesn't feel like going to bed. But when she meets Tony, the boy next door, the "three funny friends" gradually retreat into the background as she develops a real-life friendship. Bronson's whimsical illustrations feature bright pastels and bold shapes, and the placement of the imaginary animals on each page reflects the mood of the story. The last page shows the child sleeping peacefully in her bed, while the three imaginary animals dance under the moon in the distance, at the edge of her consciousness.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.