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My Best Friend

Written by Julie Fogliano & illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
5.08 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.4 / 5.0
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Mar 3, 2020
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What Does Bookroo Think of My Best Friend

“Two colors and childlike text magnificently capture how children can immediately bond.”

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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Publisher Summary

New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Honor winner Jillian Tamaki come together to tell a delightful story of first friendship.

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.

What Kind of Book is My Best Friend

Quotes from My Best Friend

  • “she laughed for the whole entire day / especially when / i pretended to be a pickle / she really really liked that”
  • “she is my best friend / i think / i’ve never had a best friend / so i’m not sure”

Where Does My Best Friend Stand Out


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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This pair of best friends spends the day laughing, eating ice cream, drawing, and more. What are your favorite activities to do with your best friend?

  • The girls in this story easily become friends—best friends, in fact—before they even know each other’s names. What makes someone a good friend? What qualities do you especially like in a friend?

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.5 / 7.0

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.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.75 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.0 / 7.0

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Who Wrote My Best Friend

Julie Fogliano

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.

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Who Illustrated My Best Friend

Jillian Tamaki

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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What Has Julie Fogliano Said About My Best Friend

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Julie Fogliano's Book Dedication

for my sissy, my first best friend. and for min, who made our charlie’s angels complete.

Jillian Tamaki's Book Dedication

thank you: JF, the s&s team, SM, MDF, and ST

What Do Critics Say About My Best Friend

  • “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.”

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Book Details

Publication Date:
March 3, 2020
Text Details:
The text for this book was set in Cormorant Garamond.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations for this book were digitally rendered.

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