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Gussie & Max

A Sweet Story of First Friendships

Illustrated by Lisa M. Griffin
Published by Sky Pony
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

An original and touching story of a little koala and monkey, the best of friends.

Where are you going and where have you been?

Gussie the Monkey and Max the Koala take us on a trip through the years of their friendship and accomplishments.

They remember standing on tip toes, needing help to build block towers, imaginary friends, and how hard it was to say goodbye.

As they anticipate new experiences like riding the school bus, learning addition and subtraction, and riding two-wheel bikes, they support one another in their journey of growing up and learning new things.

This book instills confidence, honors the value of friendships, and reassures little ones how to ease into new experiences in a hopeful, loving manner. 

About The Author

Deirdre Sullivan is the author of Ming Goes to School. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, four daughters, and a sweet black lab. You can visit her online at www.deirdrecsullivan.com.

About The Illustrator

Product Details

  • Publisher: Sky Pony (January 3, 2023)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510771260
  • Grades: P - 1
  • Ages: 3 - 6

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Raves and Reviews

"With spare, lyrical text and adorable pictures, the story of Gussie and Max beautifully captures the time in early childhood when everything is new and having a good friend by your side can make all the difference. Little ones will love watching Gussie and Max help each other take on the world.” —Matt Tavares, New York Times bestselling author-illustrator

"A reassuring, lyrical friendship story about looking back and looking forward, about being proud of each milestone (like starting school) and embracing each moment 'with open arms and hearts.'" —Diana Murray, author of Groggle's Monster Halloween, Groggle's Monster Valentine, and the bestselling Unicorn Day series

"Gussie and Max is a heartwarming book about two cuddly companions who share in the wonder of growing up. Through their days of building blocks, making new friends, or dreaming under the stars, your child will be swept up in the joy of their adventures together. This sweet story of friendship is sure to bring smiles to children and adults alike!" —Tyson Ranes, illustrator of Puppy Love

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