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Faraway Friends by Russ Cox – Children's Book Review @smilingotis

Posted by Brooke in Book Review, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

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Faraway Friends by Russ Cox – Children's Book Review @smilingotisFaraway Friends on May 5, 2015
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

This is the story of the adventure of a little boy named Sheldon and his dog, Jet. When Sheldon’s best friend moves away, Sheldon spies the word “Jupiter” painted on the side of the moving truck. Sheldon feels sad at first, but realizes that this is a sign—what he needs is a rocket ship! So Sheldon and Jet do some sketching and some scrounging, and, with a wagon full of equipment and supplies, the two future astronauts head to the backyard. With a glop and a wham, piece by piece the ship begins to take form, and soon it’s Commander Sheldon A. Flyer and Space Cadet Jet ready for takeoff! The duo jets around satellites, zooms by planets, speeds through space storms, and zips past other flying saucers . . . until plop, they’ve arrived, somewhere with a green, alien life-form and a furry black blob.

This book encourages children to channel loneliness and boredom with creativity and imagination, and ultimately it is a story of new friendship. Featuring vibrant illustrations by debut author and illustrator Russ Cox, this action-packed story is sure to appeal to young readers in search of something that is out of this world!

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Faraway Friends by Russ Cox is a wonderfully illustrated children’s book that tells a fun story of friendship. When Sheldon’s friend moves, he is convinced his friend moved to Jupiter. He enlists the help of his dog, Jet, to build a rocket ship so they can go see his friend.

This was a really cute story! My three and a half year old daughter, who loves ‘alien buddies’, was excited to take a trip to outer space with Sheldon and Jet. We both enjoyed the fantastic illustrations. I liked that the story really teaches important friendship and life lessons. Faraway Friends by Russ Cox has great imagination and a really fun story that is great for younger kids.

About the Author

RUSS COX was raised by a pack of crazed hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee. Without much in the way of modern conveniences, like a television set or running water, he spent his time drawing and whittling away the hours. After graduating from art school, with a portfolio in his hand, he ventured into the world of design and illustration. He opened his own studio, Smiling Otis Studio, where he presently specializes in illustration for children. When not drawing, running amok in the snow, or training their four cats to sing Bohemian Rhapsody, Russ enjoys some quiet time, working on his picture book stories. He also enjoys playing the banjo but his wife would prefer him to play the triangle or build a sound proof room.

Author and Illustrator
Faraway Friends (Sky Pony 2015)

Illustrated Books:
Puppy Pirates Stowaway (Penguin Random House 2015)
Merry Moosey Christmas (Islandport Press 2014)
Freddy the Frogcaster and the Hurricane (Regnery Kids 2015)
Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard (Regnery Kids 2014)
Freddy the Frogcaster (Regnery Kids 2013)
Whatever, Says Mark (Capstone 2013)
Major Manners Nite-Nite Soldier (Outhouse Ink 2013)

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Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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One Response to “Faraway Friends by Russ Cox – Children's Book Review @smilingotis”

  1. Russ

    Hi Brooke!
    Thank you for taking the time to review my book and for the lovely review. I really appreciate it. This made my morning!

    Best
    Russ

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