Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review: New Friendships: The Adventures of Lily & Ava by Gordon Briley

The first of what will be a series, New Friendships, The Adventures of Lily & Ava begins with Lily watching her soon-to-be-new- best- friend's parents moving into the "creepy" old house next door.
Cover courtesy of
 The Adventures of Lily & Ava on Facebook

Lily is sure that nothing good will come to pass because she has heard that the house is haunted.

When Lily's parents want her to accompany them to greet and welcome the new neighbors Lily's fear of the haunted house takes over and she says "No way! How about good-bye!"

Lily ends up joining her parents, and soon meets her soon-to-be-new-best-friend, Ava and her 6-toed cat, Tink.  Tink's grand escape from Ava's arms is the catalyst that creates fun, laughs and a new friendship.

The story ends with an unexpected surprise, and a positive lesson is learned.

Children will fall in love with the fact that this book rhymes. As a child, books that rhymed were my favorites!

Author Gordon Briley, who just happens to be a fellow Michigander, takes his love of rhyme and adventure and creates laugh-out-loud fun that is perfect for the toddler and younger-grade elementary school set. Gordon's  own daughters Lily and Ryan are the inspiration behind his writing.

The book is hardcover, 32 pages, and is the perfect size and length for a read-aloud-bedtime-story. It would make a great gift for a special little one for the holidays!

The colorful and fun illustrations, created by Jim Dombrowski, are sure to delight the the tiny tots,  who can see the REAL Lily and Ava by visiting

ISBN-978-0-98602 14-0-4


  1. Cute book,love you Christmas Header Cody!xxSpeedy

  2. Sounds like a lovely book for children. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly.

  3. Sounds like a really delightful book and I love the artwork on the cover....what a great Christmas gift it would make for some lucky kiddie! Great always.

    Pam (and Sam)

  4. That was a great review and it does look like a great book. Take care.

  5. It looks so old-fashioned! How sweet! And the series sounds like a lot of fun.

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  7. Thanks for the great review. I have been busy with book reading all over Michigan and am currently in Traverse City enjoying it's beauty. Love the site and the great book reviews.

  8. I really do think the children will love that book!

  9. Looks like a perfect holiday gift! Love the sweet illustrations.
    : )

  10. ending? The Quadrafecta of entertainment?