Two best friends sway on a tire swing as the voice of one of the girls shares the depth of their friendship and the activities they do together. The best friends sing together, comfort one another, draw with chalk, make each other laugh, and more. She knows they are best friends because her friend loves strawberry ice cream, she hates it, and they still get along. When it’s time for the friends to part ways for the day, the girl says she’ll ask her friend’s name tomorrow, surprising the reader with the sudden realization that this friendship is only one day old and perfectly capturing how children can immediately become the best of friends. The book cleverly distorts time, turning the single day of friendly fun into what seems to be a long and solid friendship. Tamaki’s fabulous illustrations brilliantly use a limited color palette of just green and pink hues, magnifying not only the simplicity of the colors but of childlike friendship. Illustrations depicting one girl pretending to be a pickle and the girls riding a bird and chipmunk magnificently portray the girls’ imaginative play, and the text sounds like it’s straight out of a child’s mouth, matching a child in its lack of punctuation and capitalization. With wonderful illustrations and text that are both full of emotion, imagination, and voice, My Best Friend beautifully encapsulates the essence of a quick and delightful childhood friendship.
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A beautiful book showing the simplicity of an instant childhood friendship. The beautiful, limited color palette illustrations and the charming story between these best friends will take you back to the pure joy of finding a fabulous friend you were little.
"Their hug, at the emotional climax of the book, is portrayed up close, surrounded by dynamic lines that evoke the energy of the moment and juxtaposed with text that belies an inner uncertainty that can be common with meeting new people. Though they don’t yet know each other’s names, still these girls are kindred spirits. A delightful new friendship portrayed in all its emergent, ebullient, and transformative ways."
Julie Fogliano is the New York Times–bestselling author of And Then It’s Spring and If You Want to See a Whale, as well as the poetry collection, When Green Becomes Tomatoes. Recipient of the 2013 Ezra Jack Keats Award, her books have been translated into more than ten languages. Julie lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and three children. When she is not folding laundry or wondering what to make for dinner, she is staring out the window waiting for a book idea to fly by.
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist. She won both a Printz Honor and a Caldecott Honor for the graphic novel This One Summer, which she co-created with Mariko Tamaki. Jillian lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she makes illustrations for magazines, newspapers, websites, and books.
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