From Publishers Weekly
In PW's words, "Best friends and school join up in for a kid-pleasing tale about resisting peer pressure, and the comical, sometimes poignant illustrations give this picture book a double draw." Ages 4-7. (July)
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Young raccoons Hunter and Stripe sing together, play together, and copy one another's tricks. One day Stripe makes mischief in class, and Hunter follows along, cutting up a paper frog he's made. He grapples with this decision, imagining how much his mother would have liked to see his artwork, and cries after it is destroyed. Later, when she discovers the shredded pieces of paper in his backpack, he tells her what happened. She explains that "Being a best friend doesn't mean always following along. Sometimes being a best friend means you have to help your friend be his best self." The next day, Hunter repeatedly models good behavior every time his pal acts up. Soon Stripe catches on and acts like "his very best self." Although the story is message-driven, and the young raccoon's turnaround is unrealistically abrupt, the characters are appealing. The entertaining artwork features endearing creatures dressed in children's clothing. A solid choice, filling a need for stories about friendship and peer pressure.
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Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY
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