I’m Sorry  by Barry Timms, illustrated by Sean Julia

   I’m Sorry  by Barry Timms, illustrated by Sean Julian, Tiger Tales, 9781680101904, 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? The lovely watercolor illustrations are beautifully rendered and reminiscent of many memorable classic picture books.  Scribble and Swoop are the two greatest friends in Walnut Woods, and they decide to become roommates and set-up a home together. Their friendship, however, is put to the test when they each have plans as to how to utilize their beautiful new porch. Scribble imagines it as the world’s greatest theater, while Swoop envisions it as a workshop space for her special box full of tools.  After days of stewing and stalemate, Scribble stomps up to Swoop and issues a breathy and somewhat loud “Sorry”.  As we know, an apology only works if you mean it. The two friends ultimately work out their disagreement and decide to share the space, agreeing that they both are sorry and that they will always plan together in the future.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of friendship stories such as Frog and Toad.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, even though the storyline is predictable, the author digs a bit deeper into the process of compromise and disagreement, making it a more unique entry in the category of friendship struggles.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 1/19/20

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