Monday, March 7

Be a Friend

Be a Friend
Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 978-1619639515
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of publication: January 5, 2016
Age: 3 - 6 years

Themes: mime, friendship, communication, individuality, loneliness

Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree. But being a mime can be lonely. Will Dennis be able to make a friend? Even if he is different?

I'm a fan of Yoon's friendship stories. I mean how adorable is Penguin and Pinecone?? This one was not my favorite of her's, however. I will say that the illustrations were fantastic, especially when dealing with Dennis' mimes--red dotted lines: such a great idea. And the characters had great emotion. But the text almost detracted from all of that. It's simple and too the point...but in a way that felt it wasn't adding anything to the story. I think this book would've been better as a wordless picture book (or nearly wordless). Which would've gone better with the "mime" theme, anyway.

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