Hanna is fed up with her best friend, Lizzy, who is always trying to be better than her. When Lizzy tells Hanna she can throw her ball farther and succeeds, it’s the last straw. Hanna is tired of feeling second best, but what she doesn’t realize is that sometimes she makes Lizzy feel that way too. Maybe there’s a way they can still be best friends after all.
A funny and relatable story about best friends, competition and learning to see things from another’s point of view.
"A warm, pithy navigation of the ups and downs of friendship, this straightforward selection points out the necessity of catharsis and the satisfaction of compromise."
"Després’ watercolour and pencil illustrations wonderfully complement Itani’s text...The muted colours and rounded shapes add a gentle touch to the book, helping to downplay the conflict...Given that readers will relate to Hanna and Lizzy’s situation and because of the quality of the writing and artwork, we recommend Best Friend Trouble as a book that will appeal to young readers. Parents and teachers will also enjoy reading this book aloud to children. The book conveys the important message of trying to see things from another’s point of view and talking through our differences of opinion."
"[Itani] depicts children's frustrations well, and knows how to draw a story to its natural conclusion using good pacing and easy vocabulary. She gets to the truth about friendship with grace and simplicity...The illustrations are wonderful and the text insightful. Parents, teachers and librarians will want to add this delightful book about friendship to their reading lists."
"Delightful watercolor and color pencil illustrations show Hanna as she gets advice from her brother, father, mother, and pet hamster...The book makes a perfect read-aloud for a kindergarten classroom. The story can lead to a talk about how to treat friends."
"Captures the ebb and flow of close friendships, and highlights the burgeoning empathy that readers this age are beginning to balance with their own sense of self."
"Hanna discovers her friend, Lizzy, can do a lot of things such as swing higher, sing louder, and turn six years old sooner. After spending too much time apart, Hanna and Lizzy decide that maybe they are each good at different things, and they can still play together, always being friends. Following Hanna through her thought process and anger with Lizzy is important for the reader to relate to the story. This is a wonderful story to introduce the complexities of human relationships to youngsters."
"Kids will relate to all the feelings so aptly described by Frances Itani...The pencil and watercolor illustrations are perfectly paired with [Itani's] appealing text. The choice of warm colors establishes mood and enhances the telling. Lively and satisfying, this book is sure to find a lot of fans and will be most useful in opening further conversation with little ones."
"It's fun to watch Hanna get out her frustrations: she goes down to the basement and bangs nails with her older brother, clangs a pair of finger symbals with her dad, and draws an explosive picture while sharing her mother's desk. And who can resist Hanna's super cute pet hamster Octavia?...Despres's rich watercolour and pencil crayon illustrations are strong and cinematic. Her colours are warm—fiery oranges, crimson reds, and creamy yellows. The combination of good writing and illustration make Best Friend Trouble a good choice for summer reading, ideal for those long hot afternoons when nobody seems able to get along."