Synopses & Reviews
Sam and his stuffed bunny Jump “do everything together. Because they are best friends.” But when Sam goes to the beach he meets a boy named Thomas and they have so much fun that Sam forgets all about Jump when he leaves. Luckily Thomas doesn’t. With its simple sentences (set in a typeface that has an understated poignancy) roundheaded characters and softly colored watercolor and ink renderings Mann’s (I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard) story raises some powerful and provocative questions about loyalty responsibility and friendship. Was Sam being thoughtless or even disloyal when he put Jump aside to play with Thomas? On the other hand Jump is a toy—perhaps even a “baby toy”—and Thomas is a real peer who seems like he’d make a very good friend (and proves it when he rescues the forgotten Jump). Doesn’t Thomas have a greater claim on Sam’s attention? Mann splits the difference in the end but both adults and kids should find this ostensibly unassuming story offers significant food for thought. Ages 3–7. Agent: Holly McGhee Pippin Properties. (May) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."