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Um + Gurm =Threep Frints: Best Frints at Skrool by Antoinette Portis

On planet Boborp, childrinx go to skrool.

… to listen when their skreecher spleeks…
… and to keep their tentacles to themselves.

Sometimes childrinx make new frints.

Yelfred and Omek were best frints at skrool, until… one recess in which Yelfred makes a new best frint–Q-B.

Q-B is COOL.

And poor Omek is out in the COLD, frintship wise. Yelfred and Q.B. split their yunches with each other. Omek sadly eats alone.

Yelfred and Q-B are playing the old gurm’s company, threep’s a crowd game.

Other stroodents begin to share too muchof their yunches with each other. Spewd flies through the air and hits some childrinx in their faces. It’s a . . .


The Boborpian yunch ladies are even less happy than usual….! The Boborpian skrool skreechers are not pleased with their stroodents.

Q-B and Yelfred get a long time out by the Quiet Wall. And Q-B, Omek and Yelfred realize that they all didn’t get much of a yunch.

By the time skrool is out, all threep of them are hungry. Starping, actually. It’s time to share some spewd the frintly way, as the threep new frints head over to Yelfred’s house for some after-skrool smacks.

And all’s well that ends well in a eye-ball in the peedle patch match between the threep pals, in Antoinette Portis’ latest, Best Frints at Skrool (Roaring Brook Press, 2018), the sequel to her first book in series, Best Frints in the Whole Universe. All kids in the primary grades will love artist Antoinette Portis’ quirky alien kids, worm sandwiches and all, and second and third graders, who’ve likely developed a taste for wordplay, will delight in author Portis’ Boborpian lingo, especially “skreecher” for “teacher” and “spewd” for “food.” Funny endpapers offer more vocabulary lessons in how to spleek Boborpian–algazator (as in Later, ‘zator!) bloox (books) and the Sturp signs (Whatever you’re doing, don’t do it anymore!) and how to count from um to gazango (one to ten) in Boborpian. Lotz of phun for primary skroodents!

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