This probably never entered the mind of Philip Hopman, but this is a picture book that Frank from Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Be Frank with Me would love. (And if you’ve missed that novel, please find it and put it in your stack for summer reading immediately.)
I have no idea how creating a picture book like this seemed like an excellent financial decision to a publisher. Maybe it could sneak into Common Core nonfiction stuff for younger kids? It’s a wonderful story of friendship and growing up into the person you most want to be. It’s really only that Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy’s relationship was so long ago and part of a time and place very unfamiliar to children today that made me wonder who its target audience was. Maybe fashion-loving kids? Maybe Frank? Maybe me?
Who knows? Who cares? Just read and enjoy.
For Audrey with Love by Philip Hopman