Review of Erin Liles picture book, A Friend for Freckles


A Friend for Freckles

Erin Liles  has presented us with an adorable little dog protagonist. Freckles is sweet, kind, helpful, and friendly.  Alexander Morris’s cartoon-like illustrations show him being all of these things to his friends in the Animal Shelter. And each of the friends is depicted with individual traits and personality. The silhouettes of background figures add an interesting layer of artistic technique.

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Each animal is on its best behavior in hopes of going to live with a loving family.

ANYONE would find Freckles irresistible. Well, you would think so, at any rate. But there are those who are unable to see beyond the fact that Freckles has only three legs.  Having only three legs doesn’t seem to bother Freckles at all. He is certainly well adjusted. His real problem is that he wants to live in a home, not in a shelter.

Ms. Liles has paired up the traits of the dogs with the wants and needs of the human patrons who come to the shelter looking for a pet. She made sure that Freckles did not go with the wrong family. Such a super-friendly dog as Freckles goes to live with a boy who understands that “perhaps the most important thing of all” is that Freckles is a FRIEND.

A Friend for Freckles is available at   and is recommended for children 4-8.

Erin Beth Liles is a children’s author and mother of two. She loves animals and personally knows a three-legged dog who can do anything!

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Alexander Morris graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg with a Bachelor’s in Media Arts & Animation. He has been an artist since he was a child. Check out the Books and Artists page at Guardian Angel Publishing to see more books he has illustrated.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jayne
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 12:49:47

    Nice! Looks like a very sweet book.


  2. Brianna Zamborsky
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 14:03:08

    Love that personality emphasized as important over appearance or ability. We’re looking to adopt a dog this fall. Might look for this to read to my daughter! Thanks for sharing!



  3. barbarabockman
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 22:22:12

    I think this is a book that has a nice message but doesn’t preach. I hope you let us know when you get a dog.


  4. Karen Carr
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 15:24:49

    Sounds like an adorable book.


  5. barbarabockman
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 19:20:47

    This comment comes from KC Snider, the WONDERFUL illustrator of my next picture book from Guardian Angel Publishing:

    Good review Barbara! Sounds like a very cute story 🙂


  6. Joni Klein-Higger
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 11:35:55

    Freckles sounds like such a sweet story. Congrats on your new book, Erin. Thanks for sharing it, Barbara.


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