Two fuzzy friends are having a fun playdate when a new pal hops in. As the day continues, each friend feels left out at times. It isn’t so easy to figure out how to act when everything seems to change.
WE ARE (NOT) FRIENDS
by author Anna Kang, illus. by Christopher Weyant
(May 1, 2019; Two Lions; ages 3-7; 40 pages)
The talented team behind Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small bring us a sweet story on navigating friendships. Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are so good at these kinds of stories–they really portray the emotional life of children so honestly with just a touch of humor and silliness. Every child at some point has to deal with the politics of a playdate, and this is a sweet way to approach it.
If you missed my review of Eraser by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant, make sure you go read it. It is just as cute as this book!
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My Review of We Are (Not) Friends
Have you ever felt left out when you are with friends? You know. You feel like a third wheel…or fourth or fifth. I know that I have! It’s not a very fun feeling is it? These fuzzy friends find that out very quickly when a new friend joins them. They’re used to playing games for two, so when they try to play these games the same way, one of them is always left out!
Soon, they figure out how to play so that everyone is included.
I love how a simple little story can share such a large lesson! We could all learn a little bit from these fuzzy friends. Always try to make everyone feel included. It’s just better that way!
About the author and illustrator
Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant are the creators of Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small as well as series titles That’s (Not) Mine, I Am (Not) Scared, and We Are (Not) Friends. They also wrote and illustrated Eraser, which was recently honored with The Christopher Award, Can I Tell You a Secret?, and Will You Help Me Fall Asleep? Christopher’s work can also be seen in The New Yorker, and his cartoons are syndicated worldwide. This husband-and-wife team lives in New Jersey with their two daughters and their rescue dog. Visit them at www.annakang.com and www.christopherweyant.com.