Best Frints in the Whole Universe
Best Frints in the Whole Universe

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Annotation: Yelfred and Omek of planet Boborp are best frints, even when they have disagreements.
Catalog Number: #153000
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-626-72136-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0073-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-626-72136-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0073-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015024468
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Space aliens Yelfred and Omek "have been best frints since they were little blobbies." Like any friendship, theirs has its ups and downs. Things come to a head, though, when Omek crashes Yelfred's new spaceship. Portis's near-nonsense-words text plays it straight, with a clear-eyed reserve that wards off didacticism; her digitally colored mixed-media illustrations feature simple shapes, vivid hues, and pop artlike textures.
Publishers Weekly
On Planet Boborp, -teef are long and tempers are short,- yet two lookalike pink and purple aliens -have been best frints since they were little blobbies.- Portis (Not a Box) pictures the frints, Omek and Yelfred, as bubblegum-tinted spheres with otterlike tails, spindly limbs, and prehensile antennae. The frints- volatility mirrors Earthling rivalries, despite a winking refrain that we have no such drama -here on planet Earth.- When Yelfred receives a spossip (spaceship) for his blurfday, Omek takes it for a spin and schmackles it to pieces. Yelfred bites Omek-s tail off (-Luckily, on Boborp, tails grow back-) and calls him a -double-dirt bleebo.- After cooling down, they fix the vehicle with -taypo- and a -sturpler,- restoring their frintship. Portis tinkers gleefully with familiar language and provides a Boborpian glossary on the endpapers, just in case. Her dot-matrix layers of retro color add dimension to the simple shapes and close-up images, and her flamboyant misspellings and soundalike words let beginning readers in on the sly jokes while crafting an all-too-knowing portrait of what frintship often looks like. Ages 4-7. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary. (July)

School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 2 Employing eye-catching imagery and space lingo that will have children and their adults giggling, Portis emphasizes that friendship can be tricky yet rewarding. Yelfred and Omek, residents of the planet Boborp, have been pals (or "frints") since they were young. Though these two buddies love to engage in a variety of activities together (they give out "blurfday" gifts, play games such as "eye ball in the peedle pit"which consists of flinging an eyeball through a sea of gaping mawsand eat "yunch"), they are quick to anger (which never happens on Earth, the author wryly points out). Yelfred and Omek's interactions do turn a bit rough (harsh words are exchanged, and a tail is gnawed off), but "frintship" prevails in the end. Portis has crafted a witty and energetic work that will appeal to children's sense of fun. There's a Tim Burton-esque feel to the zany, dramatic illustrationsYelfred and Omek are spherical creatures with antennae, tails, clawlike arms and legs, and pointy "teef")but also an adorable factor that will endear them to readers. Saturated colors, textured backgrounds, and a pared-down design, full of thick outlines and simple shapes, are ideal for the title's intended audience. These easily vexed alien pals capture the emotional ups and downs that children experience, and Portis's creative take adds a fun twist on a well-trod topic.
Word Count: 355
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 187396 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: D

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? Award-winning picture book creator Antoinette Portis delivers a new universe of cleverness and imagination in this hilarious, sweet, and otherworldly book about friendship.

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