Author/Illustrator: Antoinette Portis
Publisher: Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, 2016
Editor: Neal Porter
Book Type: Fiction
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.
This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.