Reading picture books is almost as much fun as writing them. I’ve been reading PBs for almost five years now! So I thought I’d join in with PPBF to share some of my (and my girls’) favorites.
This week is a newer book and one that we’ve all fallen in love with.
Author/Illustrator: Antoinette Portis
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, July 2016
Ages: 4 – 7 years
Opening: Yelfred and Omek have been best frints since they were little blobbies.
Synopsis: (From Amazon) Yelfred and Omek have been best frints since they were little blobbies. They play and snack, and sometimes they even fight, all in a language similar to but slightly different from, English. When Omek decides to borrow Yelfred’s new spaceship without asking (and then crashes it), it sparks the biggest fight yet. Can these two best frints make up and move on?
Why I like this book: This has become the most requested book in our house since I picked it up at the library (thanks to a ReFoReMo suggestion). My girls adore the fun illustrations and pointing out all the little alien creatures; and they laugh out loud at the aliens’ fun language. I confess, I wasn’t sure about it on the first read-through but I love it as much as they do now. I enjoy the relatable child-like behavior and struggles of (not) sharing, arguing, and then making up and regrowing a friendship (and a tail, which is slightly less relatable). Anyone up for a game of eye ball?
Find more “Perfect Picture Book Friday” reviews at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.
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