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Best Frints in the Whole Universe

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  792 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Yelfred and Omek have been best frints since they were little blobbies. They play and snack, and sometimes they even fight, all in a language similar to but slightly different from, English. When Omek decides to borrow Yelfred's new spaceship without asking (and then crashes it), it sparks the biggest fight yet. Can these two best frints make up and move on?

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
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Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Inventive, funny and silly.
There's some fun wordplay here that I think would go over well for storytimes and/or class visits. It's really different from Antoinette Portis' other books, but still pretty good. The two alien frints are pretty feisty, but with the classic storybook/human ideas of being fair, sharing, etc.* I like that she took her talents to space, and I'm always looking forward to her next book.

*Sidenote: since I mostly do baby storytimes, I don't really have to worry about concepts like sharing. That kind o
Sep 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Two alien best friends have a fight when one friend breaks another friend's toy that was taken without permission.

I just couldn't get past all the made up language; I am not the right reader to appreciate this book.

Pencil, charcoal illustrations finished digitally. PreK-2.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
H really like it. she liked when they fixed the spoship together
On another planet, not at all like Earth, two best friends have a spat and make up. Yelfred and Omek have known each other every since they were little ones growing up. They cherish their friendship, but sometimes it can be hard to get along, especially when something that belongs to the other friend is shmackled (broken). The friends blame each other and fight rather fiercely, even engaging in name calling. But as cool as a spossip--the damaged vessel--might be, nothing can compare with a true ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kept this one for a few weeks after checking it out at the library. My 6 year old kid was apprehensive at first because he thought it might be too cutesy. As I read it to him, he started to enjoy it and then at the end we went over the words. He's a great reader and smart enough to know the difference but I had to do the parent thing and make sure. After going over it and reading the book to him, I then had him read it.

I think it's important to make sure your kids understand the real word as ver
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-friends
Friendship is explained through the eyes and actions of a couple of spherical extra-terrestrial kids. Portis created a few "alien" words, based closely on English, such as "frint" for "friend", "frow" for "throw," "glume" for "glue," plus several others. The illustrations, created with pencil, charcoal, a Cintiq drawing tablet, and colored digitally, are cute and cartoon-like. Colors are bright, and with small, background dots, illustrations look textured in places. This would be a good story ti ...more
Gary Anderson
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm going all in on this one because it had me chuckling through the whole thing. The plot involves two frints, Yelfred and Omek, and the things that sometimes happen between frints. This book is kind of wacky, but I liked the way it kept me a little off base through the whole thing while still ending up in a good place. ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"On Boborp, frints share their blurfday gifts. 'Yahoopy! I got a spossip!'"

Loved this spilly blook and the frints who splabble and make up, much like frints on planet Earth. Can't wait to pread this with some blobbies at the limmary.
Emily Briano
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh so much while I was reading it to Catherine. It reminds me so much of how my sister and I talk to each other. The funny words for things hits close to home. Can't wait to read it again, this time with alien voices. :D ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
It made me laugh a lot. I needed that.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
"oh no, the sturpler's not helping! we need more taypo!"

(sounds like me crafting on planet earth.)
Extremely silly book
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Silly book great for any collection
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is hilarious and a phenomenal read-aloud.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super Cute!
Chelsea Kirkland
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
File in cute, quirky picture book subgenre. Lots of cute made up alien words, would be fun to read w a small group of 4-6 year olds.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Very silly but I think most kids will find it entertaining. Best "frints" from the planet "Boborp" have hours of fun together..until they get in an argument. I like that the made up words are easy to figure out from context (and there is a visual dictionary included) and I appreciated that humor is used to gently point out that maybe sometimes tempers are short, friends make mistakes and upset us, sometimes people use their teeth [or fists] to solve disagreements but that friendships can be repa ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
tail grew back with spikes
Nay Keppler
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
what the heckie did i just read
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Gives kids good practice in reading nonsense words.
Funny little aliens use the language of planet Boborp to tell a story about friendship. Kids will love the silly word play without missing the message.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Silly friendship book about space aliens.
Carrie Charley Brown
Don't let the simplicity of this story concept fool you into thinking there's not much to it. Just watch a kid read it. And get it. And see the humor in it. On their own. The word play is amazing, and especially funny for a child round about a first grade reading level. They know what the language is supposed to say and how silly it is that these aliens have their own funny language. Brilliant. ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Yelfred and Omek come from the planet Boborp where they have been best frints since they were little blobbies. They do everything together from eating yunch to playing eye ball. But sometimes even playing eye ball can lead to a long argument. For his birthday, Yelfred gets a space craft to ride around. He doesn’t want Omek to borrow it because he’s sure that Omek will crash it. When Omek takes it anyway and manages to shmackle it up, Yelfred uses his teef and not his words to express himself. Sl ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I'm just putting it all out there and publically confessing my undying love for the amazingly talented yet understated Antoinette Portis. Truly, I preach her goodness and drive her bandwagon wherever I go. As a school librarian, Portis helps to make my job easy peasy. Let me take a moment to reflect on the many storytimes spent reading the wonder that is Not a Box and its equally awesome followup Not a Stick to groups of enthralled littles. Even older kiddos (3rd, 4th grade, even!) stop to find ...more
For those studying space sciences there is an entirely different set of theories about space, space travel and life on other planets than for those fans of science fiction television shows, movies and books. We can boldly go where no man has gone before by watching Star Trek, wish for the Force to be with us as we travel with the characters in Star Wars, or heed the advice of Robot in Lost in Space, Danger, Will Robinson, danger. We can travel beyond the boundaries of Earth's gravity in books su ...more
Cathy Ogren
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Best Frints in the Whole Universe is written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis − an award-winning author. Kids and adults who have a lively sense of humor will love this book. Portis has a wonderful grasp of wordplay. She uses words that are spelled and pronounced differently but are easily translated into our everyday language. The illustrations are bold, bright, and hysterical. The theme is friendship, but sometimes these friends don’t always get along. A poke in the eye, a bite on the tail ...more
Children's Book Academy
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for so many reasons. In particular I loved the fun language play of malaprops- near miss language that the 2 alien frints use throughout the story that's just close enough to English to make guessing the meaning of those unknown words great fun! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous--bright, bold use of colors and dotted shading keeps the pictures lots of fun. Anyone who has ever had a best friend will recognize and love the hilarity of Best Frints in the Whole Universe.

Emily Matview
Feb 11, 2017 added it
Shelves: e
The art, especially the coloring, is fantastic. I’d be tempted to recommend this book just on that. But the story is lacking. For aspiring artists – give this book a look.

The story is mostly nonsense words. So I guess that’s how I’ll end my review.

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Antoinette attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. She lives in Southern California.

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