Best friends can be pretty remarkable, especially if they're anything like Todd Parr's pals. For him, a best friend is someone who "will tell you funny jokes even if you blow milk out of your nose when you laugh." Best friends "will forgive you even if you step on their paw." And best friends "will keep in touch with you even if you move a million miles away." This delightful, bright book sets high (if sometimes silly) standards for friendship. Even with the exceptionally goofy lines ("Best friends will share their pizza with you even if you want to wear the pepperoni"), the point is well made: friendship is unconditional and terrifically important. Kids of all ages will enjoy the bright colors, bold lines, and unambiguous, fun message.
Parr's little square books with big color and cheerful commentary on life (The Okay Book, This Is My Hair, and Do's and Don'ts) will surely brighten the gloomiest moods. (Baby to Preschool) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-In Friends, children read about both human and animal pals. The text and illustrations are equally funny: "Best friends will forgive you even if you step on their paw" faces an illustration of a yowling dog with a bandaged foot. In Zoo, "Do go to the movies with a skunk" is accompanied by a picture of a skunk in a theater with three friends. "Don't make her mad" features the malodorous skunk seated all alone. Children will laugh out loud at these tongue-in-cheek efforts. The bold colors and silly stick figures outlined in black will capture their attention and clarify the texts. The books' small size may make them difficult to share with large audiences, but consider them for more intimate storytimes.Olga R. Barnes, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC
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