Friends can come from the most unlikely of places. Growing up, I found interesting ones in the children’s books my mother read to me before bedtime. It is through these stories we read as children that shape the way we view the world as we grow older. These books inspired me to create my own characters and add my kind of color to this gloomy world. If you have the same taste in books as I do, this collection may have you walking down memory lane in no time. But if not, then surprise yourself! Perhaps the wisdom you are looking for is not in self-help books or heavy literature but in these characters with their unique stories that remind us what it is like to be human. May you find comfort in these books as I have and may the friends you meet between these pages become your friends for a lifetime.