Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Children's Picture Book Review: Be A Friend by Salina Yoon

Title: Be A Friend
Author: Salina Yoon
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's 
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis happy to BE a tree... But being a mime can be lonely. It isn't until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship--and how special he truly is! At its core, this book is a heartwarming story of self-acceptance, courage, and unbreakable friendship for anyone who has ever felt "different".

My Thoughts: 

Dennis is an extraordinary boy who doesn't speak a word and mimes everything instead. He expresses himself with motion and acting instead of words. This sets him apart from other children in more ways than one. It gets lonely being a mime when everyone else would rather speak than listen. But one day a little girl notices Dennis and a beautiful friendship blossoms between them. 

I've always said that the best kind of people are the ones that you can have a comfortable silence with. Most people want to talk and think that silence is awkward but I couldn't disagree more. It may just be the introvert in me but I've always found that actions speak louder than words! 

Be A Friend is a beautifully illustrated story with a straightforward message. Be a friend. Everyone needs a friend no matter how 'strange' they may seem. Be a friend and you will soon see that everyone is extraordinary. 

I love this book. The rich, warm, colors pair beautifully with the grungy, antiqued coloring of each page. I love the diversity of the children in the book and their bright, happy faces. The red dashed lines really pop and depict Dennis' actions, giving us a look into his own personal thoughts and world. 

This is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it! 


  1. This sounds delightful. I completely agree that a person you can sit silently with comfortably is a keeper!

  2. As a mom, I look a children's literature with such wide-eyed wonder. This one is so lovely. Great review Stacy.