Molly and Mae
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Molly and Mae

Danny Parker, Freya Blackwood

Friendship is like a train journey. There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments. There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the courntryside.

Brilliantly rendered by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Molly and Mae is a portrait of the most delightful and emotionally rich train journey imaginable.


The vicissitudes of friendship are perfectly portrayed in Molly & Mae: the fun, frivolity and sometimes the discord. As the two girls embark on a long train journey from the country to the city, their playful antics are disrupted by a squabble. Oh dear, a sulky silence can make a lengthy trip seem so much longer.

The illustrations perfectly illuminate the excitement and boredom of a train trip. Freya Blackwood is one of the best artists at depicting children in all their wonderful ways and Danny Parker’s succinct text allows for her to fill out the story beautifully.

A lovely story for 3 and up.

Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.

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