What makes someone a best friend?John knows everything about me, and I know everything about him. So begins the heartwarming story of two young boys who together experience fun times, sad times, happy times, hard times, secret times, and all the in-between times only two best friends can share.This picture book text, originally published in 1968, is now being republished with glorious new art.
My best friend for the last 40 years is also named John. Charlotte Zolotow describes the friendship between two boys, John and an unnamed other, by a series of quiet statements which carry an increasing sense of the power of the relationship.
My best friend for the last 40 years is also named John. This book reminds me of him. I think I'll call him this week-end. The quiet incantation of the text - each page is very nearly a couplet of verse - shows how the two friends make up for each other's failings, stick up for each other when the going gets rough, and also have a sense of the separate individuality of the companion with secret fears and pleasures.
Charlotte Zolotow's sparse, insightful prose and Amanda Harvey's inviting illustrations beautifully capture the special bond of childhood friendship. inside left jacket flap. Aug 05, 2014 Liz Todd rated it it was ok.
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