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How to Lose All Your Friends (Picture Puffins) Paperback – April 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140558624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140558623
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-This reverse etiquette book advises readers to never smile or share; to be a bully and whine; to tattle and be a poor sport. Each "rule" offers specific examples and is illustrated with brightly colored pictures. While children are always interested in stories showing the complications and potential pitfalls of social interactions, this plotless treatment is not likely to hold much appeal for them. Also, it's unfortunate that "tattling" is presented as undesirable. Granted, the examples given are minor ones involving friends who are misbehaving in not terribly destructive ways, but youngsters do need to know that there are situations in which "telling" is perfectly acceptable. Carlson's cartoon-style art is a little more crudely done here than in her previous books, and her figures are more angular, as they "Push in front of the lunch line" or "Cheat at cards."-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Ages 4-7. Carlson's set of "simple instructions" is a send-up of adult self-help books and collections of genteel counsel aimed at children. The artwork and the advice she gathers refer to common home and school behaviors children know about and are told to avoid: "If you are eating cookies, hide them when your friends come over." Pushing in the lunch line, whining, tattling, and sibling teasing are illustrated with zippy pictures that strongly contrast having fun and being mean. Mary Harris Veeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

This year illustrator and author Nancy Carlson published her 44th children's book. Her specialty is teaching kids to feel good about themselves and others.Kids, parents, teachers and even book critics think she does a great job. That's because she is never out of touch with the kid spirit inside herself. Her brightly colored pencil drawings perfectly capture the happy-go-lucky characters that fill her clever and funny books. There is a life lesson to be learned from each story.Nancy decided at age five to be an artist. As a child, Nancy would sit on her bed and draw for hours. "I began creating characters and telling stories through my drawings," Nancy said. "I always had the need to communicate something through my art." Her early love of comic books influenced her style of drawing and use of color.A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art, Nancy has kept alive a youthful zest for life. Readers and book reviewers alike are charmed by her jazzy yet childlike drawings done with bright colored pencils. In all 42 books and four stage plays, she uses well-placed humor in words and pictures to tickle the funny bone of children and their parents.Humorous childhood experiences from her own life growing up in Minneapolis and from the escapades of her three children provide themes for stories. Most of her books feature animal characters that show the funny side of people. Nancy's two dogs, cat and a guinea pig are a source of inspiration.Nancy Carson lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. She and her husband, Barry McCool, have three children, two dogs, and a cat. Nancy loves nature and spends as much time outdoors as possible, running, biking and birdwatching. Besides writing and illustrating children's books, she designs posters, t-shirts, caps, greeting cards and other specialty items, which are marketed across the country through McCool Unlimited, Inc. and available though Nancy's on-line catalogue.Readers say they recognize themselves and their friends in the characters who triumph over everyday situations.Each story helps young readers deal with life's little problems, while teaching the basic values of honesty, determination and self-confidence.

Customer Reviews

I use this book as a read-aloud with my first grade students.
SD Teacher
Great book to help kids understand (in a funny way) that if you do mean things to friends than more than likely you're going to lose them as a friend.
N. Johnson
This book is a great book to teach children about politeness and friendship.
Jaime Perrotta

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SD Teacher on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I use this book as a read-aloud with my first grade students. The illustrations are great, and the book is right at their level. It is a fun way to show good and poor social behavior, and my students ask me to read it again and again. It helps them internalize what it takes to make friends.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By English Teacher on August 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have a little girl who is nearly four and learning to read. She also has trouble, sometimes, with sharing, as do most little girls her age. This book provides her with great lessons about sharing, being a friend, and why other kids don't like it when you're not nice to them. It's a super lesson for a preschooler.

The author's approach amazed my daughter. She writes the book as a sarcastic "guide book," on how to lose all your friends (thus the title), but the sarcasm did not escape my little one. The clear illustrations helped a lot, so that the meaning is easy to grasp.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sherry A. Lewis on March 15, 2008
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As a school counselor and then as a therapist, I use this book with all ages, 3-18 to teach the basics of friendship skills. It's simple, basic, practical and the most used friendship book I've owned.

One fun key, is to skip the last page on the first reading.
Then have the kids change the story by changing the words, (i.e. how to make friends.)
Then skip the 2nd to last page and go to the last page, which then changes the the end of the new story pictorially. Even though, they may know what you did (the older kids anyway,) they love the trick.
I tell them they are magic and they changed the story.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Zossima on December 13, 2001
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This book uses humor to communicate common things that kids do to hurt other children. It is a good book for children who frequently get into scraps with other kids. One of my nephews is the second boy in his family. As the second boy, he seems to have a lot to prove, which has led to a lot of arguments with his other little friends. This book helped him see his actions for himself in a way that did not threaten his self-esteem.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Williams on January 17, 2008
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If you're child has a high-functioning autism or Asperger's I highly recommend this book to help him understand what NOT to do with his peers. It's funny and very tongue-in-cheek.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Perrotta on November 4, 2006
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This book is a great book to teach children about politeness and friendship. I use this book during the first week of school to build community within the classroom.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K. Morgan Long on February 24, 2009
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Reviewing Social Skills in a Fun, attention-retaining manner!

This book was perfect for my 8 year old Aspie. How many social skills books have he and I read together talking about social rules about how to make friends? We review them over and over, looking at pictures and reviewing all the steps of what to do. Every time I get one out to review with him, I get the same response -- "boring!".

"How to Lose All Your Friends" was perfect for him! He has a great sense of humour and thought the whole concept was extremely funny. Demonstrating what to do by talking about the negative, what not to do, with nice illustrations, is extremely funny and attention-getting. It also reads more like a story book than a text book. As soon as I got it, my Aspie picked it up and read it. He liked it so much, he even did his monthly book review on it. Most 7-8 year olds could read this on their own. Awesome for those who could use a little brushing up on their social skills.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Fegler VINE VOICE on February 27, 2004
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This is a wonderful book that gently explains to children in a humorous fashion - how to be a friend and how to have friends. I love it - as does my 5 year old daughter. We checked it out at the library and thought it was so wonderful, I ordered a copy.
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