I Like You the Best

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This is a heartwarming picture book about the ups and downs of being best friends. Dolly the pig and Jack Rabbit are the best friends in all the world. Together they sit in their Best Place and watch clouds, or play so hard that all they can do is laugh. One afternoon while painting portraits, they hurt each other's feelings. They are mad and sad. Can this dynamic duo ever best buds again?
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Overview

This is a heartwarming picture book about the ups and downs of being best friends. Dolly the pig and Jack Rabbit are the best friends in all the world. Together they sit in their Best Place and watch clouds, or play so hard that all they can do is laugh. One afternoon while painting portraits, they hurt each other's feelings. They are mad and sad. Can this dynamic duo ever best buds again?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Meet Dolly the pig and Jack the rabbit: "best friend in all the world" who adore each other. "I like your hair, Dolly," says Jack with the mien of a true aesthete. "I adore your Dolly walk." Dolly responds in kind: "Such a fine face, Jack Rabbit" ("I know," responds Jack). The friendship hits a rough patch when their portraits of the other are perhaps too honest (Jack makes Dolly look like "a lumpy pumpkin," while Jack feels his ears have been captured as "slimy slugs"), but readers will deduce straight away that this theatrical pair can't bear being away from each other for too long. Thompson (Thunder-Boomer) can't let it rest, however, presenting a surprisingly pedagogic explanation of how Dolly and Jack overcome their feelings, thanks to some basic meditative skills ("Dolly takes a deep breath. All the way in and all the way out"). Fortunately, Thompson's drawings, mostly spot images, are gems. Smudgy and rough-edged, they have a sketchbooklike immediacy and eloquently articulate two personalities who like to turn the emotional dial up to 11. Ages 3–6. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Dolly, a pig, and her best friend, a rabbit named Jack, enjoy one another's company until a misunderstanding causes bad feelings. After they have both had time to cool off, they realize how much they miss being together. They meet at their Best Place to reconcile, and as they sit under the tree, Jack says, "We're both chilled now, Dolly." The book was originally published in Australia with the title Chill, which may explain the ending, but it's a phrase that won't make sense to most youngsters. The story is told through simple sentences, and cartoon dialogue bubbles accompany the characters' exaggerated emotions of friendship, silliness, and anger. Thompson alternates spot pictures of the two animals with full-page drawings, but the illustrations have a sketchy quality that seems unfinished. With so many good books about friendship available, such as Mo Willems's "Elephant and Piggy" series (Hyperion), this one is an additional purchase.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Dolly the pig and Jack Rabbit are best friends. Some days they laugh and romp, on others they are quiet and contemplative. Either way, they are together. But one day while painting portraits of each other, they get into an argument. Dolly made Jack's ears look like slimy slugs, and Jack made Dolly look like a lumpy pumpkin! They both storm away. Fury rages ("I'M MAD!"), which quickly turns to self-righteousness ("He's not my friend") and, finally, to sadness. Both Dolly and Jack calm themselves with deep breaths and counting to 10. The next day, friendship triumphs. Children and parents alike will relate to the quick outbursts of emotions—with, one hopes, equally quick resolutions. The slight story is made all the more winsome by Thompson's energetic line-and-color drawings. Dolly and Jack bounce across the pages in vignettes of activity, only stopping to declare, "I like you the best!" with their noses smushed together in adoration. Sometimes, in an argument, that's all you need to remember.(Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423415
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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