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Picture Book Review: My Friend! by Taye Diggs

Picture books are a hot commodity around these parts. Macmillan generously sent my a new picture book titles My Friend! written by Tay Diggs. Here is my review of the picture book My Friend!

My Friend picture book review

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About My Friend!

A picture book about what it means to be a friend from Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans, the writer/artist team that brought us Chocolate Me! and Mixed Me.

Friends lend a hand when they can
They help blend and mend
it doesn’t depend on whether you’re doing wrong or right.
A friend can send or lend a shining light to a situation.
Add some bright to any frustration.
On pretty much any occasion.

Two best friends do almost everything together. They have each other’s backs. But when one friend sees the other treating someone unkindly, he steps in to show that everyone wants to be treated as they would treat others.

From the popular picture book team―longtime friends themselves―comes a real and rhythmic look at friendship that any child will relate to in My Friend!

My Friend! Review

Author Taye Diggs uses snappy rhyming to explore the friendship between two children. My Friend! is a sweet story of two friends who do everything together. They have a special handshake, they play games together and and look forward to gym class together. When one friend acts unkindly and trips another schoolmate, the other friend calls them out on their behavior. One friend encourages the other to apologize and reminds him that friends should shine light on a situation and not make a situation worse. The one friend holding the other accountable for being mean is a really important part of the book. it lets kids know that if they witness someone being unkind to another person it’s their responsibility to say something regardless of the friendship.

My Friend! is a colorful book that features nothing but diverse characters. One of the characters is gender neutral and I appreciated the focus on realistic hair textures and skin colors.

Reading age : 4 – 8 years

About The Author and illustrator

Taye Diggs is an actor whose credits include motion pictures (How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Chicago), stage (RentWicked), and television (Private Practice). He lives in Los Angeles and New York City.

Shane W. Evans studied at Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts and graduated in 1993 and began traveling the world. In addition to contract work in illustration, graphic design and web design for major companies, Evans has conceptualized and illustrated numerous children’s books. Many of the books have been featured in the media such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, NBA Inside Stuff, Reading Rainbow and Late Night with David Letterman. Shane has received much acclaim within the children’s literary field for his work on children’s books such as “Osceola,” “The Way The Door Closes,” “Shaq and the Beanstalk” and “Take It To The Hoop Magic Johnson.” His accolades range from being honored by First Lady Laura Bush at the 2002 National Book Festival, The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and The Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction for Children.


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