This bright picture book is an exuberant celebration of friendship. Best buddies Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the Pig love to spend time together. Riding on an old bicycle (one friend on each of the pedals; the third on the handlebars), they careen through the countryside, playing games and having adventures. Back on the farm, they even do their chores together. The three would love to stay together at bedtime, but where to have such a sleepover? Percy belongs in his pigsty, Johnny in his hole, and Charlie on his perch. Reluctantly, each goes to his own bed, but all three know that after a dream-filled sleep — and what a wondrous dream they share! — they will see each other again tomorrow.
In lively watercolors, Helme Heine captures the boundless energy of his characters, who are filled with the excitement and joy of camaraderie. The three of them overflow with delight in one another, and readers will recognize the truth behind the animal faces: friendship can make even the most simple, everyday pleasures seem extraordinary. Friends is a story that will be read (and requested) again and again.