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My Best Friend

By: Julie Fogliano

Jillian Tamaki

she is my best friend i think
i never had a best friend so i’m not sure
but i think she is a really good best friend
because when we were drawing
she drew me
and i drew her.


What is a best friend, if not someone who laughs with you the whole entire day, especially when you pretend to be a pickle? This pitch-perfect picture book is a sweetly earnest, visually stunning celebration of the magic of friendship.

Full-color digital illustrations.

ISBN: 9781534427228

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Best friends , Friendship

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

What are the qualities that make a best friend? Does her hair shine and her laugh fill the air? Does she hate strawberry ice cream? Beginning at a tire swing on a playground, two young girls spend a fun-filled day together, laughing, playing, and pretending as they explore the park and learn about each other. Whether they’re enjoying a quiet mome What are the qualities that make a best friend? Does her hair shine and her laugh fill the air? Does she hate strawberry ice cream? Beginning at a tire swing on a playground, two young girls spend a fun-filled day together, laughing, playing, and pretending as they explore the park and learn about each other. Whether they’re enjoying a quiet moment together or laughing into their knees to keep from being too loud, the world seems to have stopped just for them. Despite their differences, and especially the fact that one loves strawberry ice cream while the other detests it, they have all the makings of the best of friends—all before they learn each other’s name! Little girls and their parents will fall in love with this book from the first page. Riveting, dynamic illustrations create the backdrop of this story, presented in the muted hues of sunset. The pencil lines are defined while simultaneously disappearing to give way to the larger images. Each line of text sounds like it came from the diary of a young girl, including very few uses of punctuation or capital letters. Paired beautifully with the illustrations, the combination draws readers into the whimsical and exciting moments of a budding new friendship. Children will happily recognize their first experiences with close friendship as they read this book, losing themselves in the emotions that are so aptly captured.

Horn Book

What begins on the title spread as a small redheaded girl hesitantly approaching another girl on a tire swing becomes an ode to making friends. Our narrator gleefully shares this discovered joy: “i have a new friend / and her hair is black / and it shines / and it shines / and she always laughs at everything.” In digital illustrations rendered What begins on the title spread as a small redheaded girl hesitantly approaching another girl on a tire swing becomes an ode to making friends. Our narrator gleefully shares this discovered joy: “i have a new friend / and her hair is black / and it shines / and it shines / and she always laughs at everything.” In digital illustrations rendered entirely in complementary shades of blush and green, the two preschoolers romp between leafy trees and rows of flowers at a park. The earnest, unrestrained text plays alongside the pair, each stanza following the girls’ movement as they twirl in loops or draw with chalk or quack like ducks. By the time the two part ways, the narrator already has plans in mind for the next time they’re together: “i’m not sure about her name / but i will ask her tomorrow / and she will tell me then / because we are best friends.” The two-toned palette and mostly white backdrop create the impression that the girls, if only for a brief time, exist in a world all their own, while the energetic, curved lines of the illustrations mirror the constant movement of young children’s play. The book honors the details of such simple and unaffected love, capturing intimately shared laughter and, during a pause in the action at its center, a tight hug around the neck. With text, color, and line cooperating seamlessly, Fogliano and Tamaki forge a friendship that rings true.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534427228

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 7 1/2"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.8; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Best friends, Friendship,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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