Not Friends by Rebecca Bender

  Not Friends by Rebecca Bender, Pajama Press, 9781772780260, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? The giraffe and bird remind me of an old married couple that can’t live with each other, but can’t live without each other. This odd couple, giraffe and bird, spend days upon days irritating each other. They get into each other’s space and annoy each other until the giraffe storms off to be alone. When a storm scares the daylights out of them, they realize just how much they miss each other. By the end of the book, they are back together, but they are definitely “Not Friends.” This is a hilarious book that speaks to the difficulties of relationships and the need for accepting differences in one another. This book would be a jump-start to discussions a teacher or a parent could have with children about friendship. From a literacy standpoint, I liked the variety of language used and the bold printed words in each sentence.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book? Because this book has large illustrations and large text, it would make a great read aloud for a library story hour. Preschool children will love the pictures and older children will love the humor and the message.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, guidance counselors

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher Washington, DC.

Date of review: August 5, 2017


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