Chris Raschka is certainly a man of few words. However, the few he does use in this story seem to get his ideas across just fine. The child-like and overly contrasted illustrations were easy to understand and forced the reader to recognize the obvious difference in the characters' skin color. I love how the text was big when the character was excited and small when the character was sad, confused or uncertain. Raschka was able to use bold print and explicit punctuation to express character emotion. I felt as if this story was exactly how a child views prejudice. While it's obvious to the reader they are different, the two boys are just kids, lonely, looking for a friend. In the end the characters' different races don't seem to affect their friendship, but does cause the children to be hesitant at first. After all, a friend is a friend!