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I Just Ate My Friend

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  749 ratings  ·  172 reviews
This beautiful, innovate picture book from an enormously talented new creator will make you laugh out loud. The search for a true friend is something everyone can relate to - from the very young to the very old.

I just ate my friend. He was a good friend. But now he is gone. Would you be my friend?

A hilarious story about the search for friendship and belonging... and maybe
Hardcover, First, 32 pages
Published August 2017
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This took like 3 minutes to read, max, but in those 3 minutes it managed not just to make me laugh maniacally, but to pull off a plot twist as well.

As soon as I laid eyes on it -- that title! that artwork! -- I knew I simply MUST have it. But at $11 for 3 minutes' worth of ebook -- well, let's just say that whoever's in charge of pricing at Simon & Schuster is seriously delusional. Fortunately my trusty local library came to the rescue, so my gratification only suffered the briefest of delays.
Kaethe Douglas
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
It's good to see authors addressing the epidemic of friend-eating, sadly a tragedy kept hidden by shame.

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David Schaafsma
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
I Just Ate My Friend is the hilarious title of a book by Heidi McKinnon for very early readers. The best thing about it, unfortunately, is the title, though the punch line at the end when he finally again finds a new friend is the second best thing about it, and not unexpected. Along the way, after announcing he had eaten his best friend—an incident we never know anything about, unfortunately, given that the title announces it—the monster spends most of the rest of the book asking various creatu ...more
Michael Earp
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
YES! Perfect for Jon Klassen fans. This is great!
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This, my children's librarian friends, is picture book perfection.
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ivonne by: Teal
Thanks to a Goodreads reviewer, I turned to this picture book. As promised, I laughed periodically and, at the twist ending, I laughed uproariously. I showed the rest of my family -- all adults -- and they were just as entertained. A great hit for young, but especially for old!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is a literary masterpiece. 100/10. only real book fans will understand.
Aaron Loeffelbein
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teachers, Librarians, Parents, Children, Children-at-heart
Shelves: children-s-books
This book goes beyond cute. It goes beyond hilarious. It is a guffaw-inducing tale with a surprise ending that will make you wish you'd worn some sort of absorbent undergarment.
Moral: be careful how you treat your friends.
Joy Reinbold
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-baby
Morbid, hilarious, adorable. Everything I've ever wanted in a kids' book.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the artwork, I love the characters, and I love the story! This really made me laugh. The interactions between the characters, and that between reader and the creature who couldn't resist munching on his friend reminded me very much of Jon Klassen's Hat books.
Destinee Sutton
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, funny
This is my favorite picture book of 2018. I laughed out loud twice. I read it at story time (even though weird books don't often play well at story time) and all of the grown-ups laughed and all the kids were like, "Whaaaaaaaaaat." It's just so great.
Jan 31, 2019 added it
I mean, who among us has not had this problem
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Jennifer Hendzlik
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I love a picture book with a good plot twist!
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I appreciate dark humour and agree with other reviewers who said "mwahahahaha"--I don't think that there was anything remarkably new or subversive here--Jon Klassen saw to that! However, this was fun, and some kids will really like it.
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Allen & Unwin for Review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
A monster realises the error of his ways after eating his only friend. Will his quest for a new friend result in success...or dinner?

This was a totally fun read that resulted in a few bemused looks as the realisation dawned that the monster did actually just eat its friend and now required a replacement. For friendship, that is. Not for eating. Definitely not.

The book reads like a cross between Please Mr Panda and
OF COURSE it was going to end like that. But it's still oh-so-delightful. Would pair nicely in storytime with Sean Taylor's I Want to Be in a Scary Story.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Unfortunate ending
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Finding a friend can be tricky...
Isabel Smith
I Just Ate My Friend is a cute and feisty picture book about a yellow creature who is searching for a new friend after having accidentally eaten his last one. Yikes! His journey to find a new friendship is filled with obstacle after obstacle as each potential candidate refuses to be his friend. However, he perseveres and it turns out he may just get what he wished fore...and then some! Read this to your little one if they're in the mood for a silly adventure with lots of giggles along the way. ...more
Sonya Heaney
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is awful - and hilarious. I read it with my (nearly 36-year-old) brother at the National Gallery the other week, and now I'm buying him a copy for his birthday! There are some fantastic children's books out there at the moment.
Fiona Mackie
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: primary, read-aloud
Hilarious - I can see this going down really well with the primary students. Y2 upwards, I think.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters, preschool
With some context regarding how hard it can be to control your hunger when you're a monster, this can be funny and not freaky.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, humor
Love the illustrations. Good for fans of “I Want My Hat Back”. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Miss Sarah
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A silly book about a creature who eats his friend and goes searching for a new one but everyone says no. Will anyone be his friend? Preschool and up
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable picture book about a monster that eats his only friend. Big, bold, colorful illustrations in this fun book! Highly recommended.
Fred Baerkircher
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you read just one children's picture book about cannibalism this year, make it this one.
Medeia Sharif
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A monster is looking for a new friend after eating his last one. This has a low word count, but it contains so much. It's hilarious and has an amazing twist at the end.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Out of the hundreds of books I have read to my son this year, I Just Ate My Friend is the one that sticks out. We have extended the library checkout at least a month to read it over and over again.
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