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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Best Frints at Skrool, written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis. Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan. Raincoast. 2018. $24.99 ages 4 and up

"They learn to count.

"Urm, gurm, threep,
forgg, flive, snirb,
slebben, twango, frango,

Some students read
bloox. Others eat them.

At recess, childrinx ... "

Omek and Yelfred are back, and this time their adventures revolve around 'skrool' and the many activities happening there. It's pretty much the same for them as it is for kids friends here on Earth. They do ride a 'skrool busk', which looks very intergalactic when compared with our iconic yellow ones. Same color and multi-passengered, totally different in design, and they fly!

While at skrool they listen, treat schoolmates with care (until they don't), count, read. Recess is pretty much the same. Friends play with friends and make new ones; sometimes, they do not treat their old friends well. Omek has reason to feel left out. Yelfred and Q-B are doing everything together. They share lunch, but not 'frints'.

The sharing at lunch turns into something that will delight young readers until the all must take responsibility for their actions. Just like on earth, right? Their hunger leads to a new understanding.

"On Boborp, what makes things the most fun ...
is a best frint and a best best frint."


A glossary of Boborpian terms (Vol. Gurm), a counting chart and directions for playing 'eye ball in the peedle pit' adorn the front and back endpapers. Gorgeous colors, appealing alien characters, humorous mayhem, hopeful solutions, and a tender, lighthearted look at friendship is sure to make this a repeatedly requested book. Who could ask for more?

Teachers will need some practice with the new vocab before reading it aloud.

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