Ollie is small – like a pickling jar or a shoebox.
Augustus is big – like a fridge or a table.

They did most things together, including cycling, painting, dressing up, digging (Ollie’s favourite thing) and stick collecting (Augustus’s favourite thing). But Ollie is about to start school, and he has one major concern: who will keep Augustus company? He decides to search for a playmate for his enormous companion, but good friends are hard to find.

A funny, heartwarming story about Ollie’s determination to make sure his big dog, Augustus, is okay when he’s at school.

“An endearing, visually rib-tickling ode to best friends.”
Kirkus Review (click for full review)

“A warmly illustrated, tender story recommended for all who are heading off to school and leaving a best friend at home.” Starred review. School Library Journal (SLJ) USA (Click for full review)



Booklist – American Library Association (Click for full review)
“This gentle account of separation anxiety and companionship is a nice tonic for first-day-of-school nerves.”

Books + Publishing (click for full review)
“It’s an utterly lovely story with hints of humour that prevent sentimentalism. Gabriel Evans’ illustrations are so pleasing – recalling, in the best way, illustrators such as Emily Gravett and Peter H Reynolds.” 4.5 stars.

Kids’ Book Review (click for full review) 2019
“…Gabriel’s accomplished balance between words and pictures highlights the true magic that can be created in a picture book. Highly recommended.”

Glam Adelaide (click for full review)
“He is able to make his characters appealing and have heart. We can feel the emotions they are going through just by the looks and actions of the two main characters. The illustrations are also full of humour.”

Writing WA (click for full review)
“This delightful tale emphasises the importance of being happy in your own company and recognises that it’s OK to be different.”

ISBN: 9781760650711
Publisher: Walker Books Australia / Candlewick Press (USA)
Format: Hardback
Australian RRP: $26.99
Rights sold: Northern America, Russia and Denmark