Best Frints in the Whole Universe

best-frintsTitle: Best Frints in the Whole Universe

Author/Illustrator: Antoinette  Portis
Publisher: Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, 2016
Editor:  Neal Porter
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 4-7
Theme: Friendship

Opening Lines:

Yelfred and Omek have been best frints since they were little blobbies.

Synopsis (from Amazon’s website):

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:

An outer-worldly book about friendship.

What makes this book special is that the author has taken a standard story arc and made it fresh with the alien world and language. Just from the cover and the opening end pages, you know this is a book with fun words. It is a righteous read-aloud!


The book has great pacing and emotional beats. The author adeptly knew where to have text and where to pull back and let the art tell the story. No words needed in this picture below.


At it’s core this is a story about enjoying each other’s company, having a fight, and making up, which these two adorable blobbies do. The child-like characters and phrasing is spot on. The made-up words are easy to decode while reading.

A great read for preschoolers through lower elementary.

Find Best Frints in the Whole Universe at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Goodreads
ISBN-10: 162672136X
ISBN-13: 978-1626721364

This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.


10 Comments to “Best Frints in the Whole Universe”

  1. What a fun book about friendship. I always enjoy your thorough reviews. Great colorful illustrations! Two alien-themed books reviewed today.

  2. Yay! another alien book review. Having grown up with an astrophysicist for a father, discussions of aliens at our dinner table were as common as discussions about classes at school or the weather. I’m adding this one to my library list for sure!

    • OMG! I would have loved to have discussions about outer space at the dinner table. I so wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. But of course had no idea how to make that happen. My professor senior year of college had gone up on a mission and we saw the film from it. Way cool.

  3. Most of my childhood memories were about my frints in the hood!

  4. This looks too fun to pass up!

  5. This looks like a fun take on friendship. Thanks for a great review, Darshana.

  6. This sounds like a neat book! I love the bright colors! 😀

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