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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 48
Themes: friendship, loss, come to life, transitional picture book, early chapter book
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 11/May/2021
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Raymond is a brave, strong and hairy buffalo. Gilbert is a quiet, growing and not-at-all hairy boy. Raymond is the hero of Gilbert's favorite book, and Gilbert brings his favorite book everywhere. When an unfortunate incident separates the two, Raymond finds himself in a very unusual situation—outside of his book and loose in the local library! There's nothing for Raymond to do but wait for Gilbert to come find him. But as the days turn into months and months into years, Raymond has to be brave and make a new home in the library shelves and a new friend in the librarian, Nicole.

This adorably illustrated picture book celebrates the love we have for books and the strength of friendship.

Kirkus Reviews
“With his wily eyes and endearing grin, plucky Raymond offers a lesson in enduring friendships, old and new. An unusual, touching adventure involving a book, a library, and a friend.”
School Library Journal
“This endearingly awkward book has a good heart, and with its unconventional ­humor, will appeal to tender-hearted readers.”


Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award  | 2022 | Short-listed
BC Books for BC Schools  | 2021 | Commended

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