Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Best Frints at Skrool by Antoinette Portis

Can Best Frints Find Room To Add One More Frint?




In this sequel to Best Frints in the Whole Universe, best alien friends Yelfred and Omek are headed back to school on planet Boborp. But meeting new friends at school can be difficult, just like on Earth. Omek finds himself on the outside looking in as Yelfred has fun with a new friend. (A red, cube-like alien named Q-B.)

But when a food fight breaks out, Omek jumps in and helps Yelfred and Q-B throw food back at the instigators of the fight. But
"Yunch ladies on Boborp do not think so much sharing is a good idea."
The students involved in the fight stand by the Quiet Wall so they can think about what they've done. But Omek, Yelfred, and Q-B are only thinking about the food they thew and didn't eat. They are hungry.
"You guys want to come to my howst after skrool for some spewd?"
And basically, that's how two good friends became three. They meet for a friendly game and some food after school.

What Concerned Me: Joining in a food fight, or even taking sides when others throw food at your friend, didn't quite work for me. Yes, they had to sit in an alien equivalent to time out on Earth, but did they ever feel bad about what they did? Nope. They thought only about being hungry. I'm pretty sure two wrongs, having food thrown at you then throwing food back, don't make a right.

That said, I had a terrible time getting past reading a book with made-up language. I'm not the one to appreciate this book since the story was very common and the text didn't work for me.

What I Liked Most: I can imagine that some kids will like the made-up language and the use of aliens in a picture book. The bright pink and purple friends add a red friend to their group. The bright colors in this book are sure to work for children.
2 STARS

Author/Illustrator: Antoinette Portis
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 2018)




  • Approx. Word Count: 259
  • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Pages: 40


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