My Friend John

My Friend John

by Charlotte Zolotow, Amanda Harvey
     
 

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John knows everything about me, and I know everything about him. So begins the heartwarming story of two young boys who together experience fun times, sad times, happy times, hard times, secret times, and all the in-between times only two best friends can share.  See more details below

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John knows everything about me, and I know everything about him. So begins the heartwarming story of two young boys who together experience fun times, sad times, happy times, hard times, secret times, and all the in-between times only two best friends can share.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
What makes someone a best friend? Find out in this popular story,
now back in print, by a beloved children’s author.
Publishers Weekly
"I know everything about John and he knows everything about me," says the narrator, describing just what makes this friendship tick in this tale, originally published in 1968. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A sunny look at friendship between two boys who know "everything" about each other--that one mother "cooks better" while the other father's jokes are funnier. The boys share an equal friendship, with secret fears (of the dark, of cats) as well as common tastes. They stick together building forts, playing sports, getting into each other's locked houses. Watercolor drawings in bright colors show the boys up trees, in green fields, always with a brown dog. The climax occurs with the boys' acceptance of the girls each likes. No problems mar the idyll of friendship, no character flaws test patience or tolerance. The secrets are about hiding places or what's in the fridge, not unpopularity or school bullies, much less parental violence or drinking. The bland story could as well be set at the end of the 19th century as the new millennium for all the attention it gives current children's issues. But maybe that's the point--having much in common is why we like our friends. 2000, Random House Children's Books, Ages 5 to 8, $14.95. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A new edition of a title originally illustrated by Ben Shecter (HarperCollins, 1968; o.p.). The young narrator and his friend John know everything about one another: secret places, secret fears, and even which girl the other thinks is special. While one is good at math, the other is good at spelling. The narrator's mother is a better cook, but John's father tells funnier jokes. Harvey illustrates the brief text with large watercolor paintings bordered in white. What is especially interesting is the subplot she creates with her pictures. In addition to depicting the boys engaged in the activities described in the story, she shows how, over time, they bring home a fallen tree branch and use it to construct a pulley system to haul food, furniture, supplies, and even the dog up into their tree house. These pals are full of fun and mischief and young readers will enjoy their antics.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440415626
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/12/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Zolotow is a renowned children’s book editor and publisher, as well as the author of over 70 picture books.

Amanda Harvey has illustrated many picture books in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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