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Friends Stick Together

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  390 ratings  ·  76 reviews
A touching and timeless story about finding friendship in unlikely places from the award-winning creator of Extraordinary Jane

Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps the alphabet, tells corny jokes, and does really embarrassing air guitar solos. Worse, he lands right on Rupert and is determined to be Rupert's symbi
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Dial Books
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Stefanie Burns
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Rupert the rhinoceros is befriended, much to his chagrin, by Levi the bird. The two do not have much in common and Rupert finds Levi rather annoying. However, once he snaps at Levi and Levi leaves him alone, Rupert realizes he's lonely and life isn't as good without Levi. The text is rhyming and there are a lot of fun sounds to make and side notes to read to make the book even more enjoyable. Should be a fun read aloud and great in a friendship unit or to talk about getting along. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Picture-Books About Friendship
Rupert was a quiet rhinoceros with refined tastes. He liked reading dictionaries, listening to Beethoven and eating cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Levi was a loud tickbird with a taste for corny jokes and a penchant for making armpit farts. When Levi lands on Rupert and won't be dislodged, the rhino is at first embarrassed and upset. But when he finally tells Levi to take a hike, the little bird's observation that he thought Rupert needed a friend has the rhino reconsidering...

Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If I said I didn’t immediately buy this book I would be lying. :-) So. So. Cute.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awwwwwwww. The illustrations are adorable and the story is funny.
Beth Honeycutt
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky to be with Angie Hull for her #ClassroomBookaDay reading and this was her book today! So cute and a little vocabulary boost!
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Relyn by: reading for the Missouri Show Me committee
First, I LOVE the art in this book. Second, I love the vocabulary. I love the plot. I love the friendship. I love the conversations canny teachers can lead the students toward using this book.
Maria Marshall
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of the quintessential odd couple. Where a cultured, impeccably dressed rhino, complete with a bow tie and sweater, is confronted with a persistent, rude, bedraggled tickbird.
Even though, predictably they become friends, the ending is satisfying. Hannah's illustrations are loaded with treasures and humor and I love the rich vocabulary she uses throughout the book.
Subtly placed within the greater message of friendship and acceptance of others lies the scientific nugget of the symbiotic re
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hannah E. Harrison tells the tale of a rhino and a tickbird. Rupert the rhino is annoyed by Levi the tickbird, but Rupert later discovers that he misses Levi and decides that he wants them to be friends after all.

While both characters are likable, this book does not quite hit the target for which it is aiming. Many of Rupert's classmates have tastes and interests similar to his, yet he has trouble making friends. He doesn't complain about being tick-ridden and itchy before Levi appears. It does
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rupert likes reading, classical music and eating cucumber sandwiches. Levi likes corny jokes, armpit farts and popping wheelies. Is it possible that they could ever have a symbiotic relationship? After all, Rupert is a rhino and Levi is a tickbird. “He just showed up on day, and sat on my nose, and now I’m stuck with him.” symbiosis: 1. A close association of animals or plants of a different species that is often, but not always, of mutual benefit.

Rupert can only take so much of Levi’s embarrass
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
My review: From my adult eyes, this is one of the better children's books. First of all, it is beautifully illustrated and the animal paintings are really wonderful. I've noticed the high quality pictures in all of Hannah's books. The story itself has a great message-- while there may be things that annoy us in our friends, if they are good friends, it's important to keep those friends even if we don't realize it at the time. While Levi, the bird, seems like an atypical friend, he is loyal, and ...more
Christine Turner
Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps the alphabet, tells corny jokes, and does really embarrassing air guitar solos. Worse, he lands right on Rupert and is determined to be Rupert's symbiotic best pal! Rupert wants him gone. But when Levi finally does bug off, Rupert finds the peace and quiet a little boring. It turns out, Rupert could really use a friend like Levi. This sweet and moving friendship story shares an important mes
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Harrison, Hannah E. Friends Stick Together, illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison. PICTURE BOOK. Dial Books (Penguin Random House), 2018. $16. 9780399186653.

Rupert is a literature and music loving Rhino. When a newcomer, Levi, comes to class, he sidles up to Rupert and attaches himself to him. The refined Rupert does not appreciate Levi’s brashness and asks him to leave. Rupert learns a valuable lesson at this point.

Hannah Harrison uses two definitions of symbiosis to tell the beautifully illustrate
Juliana Lee
Rupert is a dictionary reading, classical music playing, crustless bread eating rhino who also happens to be a little slow and clumsy. When a joke telling, armpit farting, air guitar playing tickbird arrives at school and attaches himself to Rupert, a symbiotic relationship is formed. Rupert is embarrassed by Levi's antics and tells him they cannot be friends. However, Rupert quickly realizes that he kind of misses that annoying little tickbird and goes to Levi's house to apologize. Looks like a ...more
Margie Wells
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: considerations
Hanna E. Harrison's beautiful illustrations will enchant readers, young and old. Rupert is a finicky and particular rhinoceros who has a "tick-bird" named Levi for a friend. They couldn't be more different. The jokes, the expressions, the Shakespeare references and yes, even the farts and burps will entertain the youngest readers! As an elementary school librarian, I am delighted to see these animal characters in a music class, at recess playing dodgeball, in gym class and even using a dictionar ...more
Valerie Lawson
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rupert and Levi are my new favorite friend pairing. I hope we see more of them! As someone who always sees themselves as the embarrassing friend, I'm glad there's a book I can give to all of MY friends to show them how much I appreciate them. Harrison's playful use of language, paired with her awesome illustrations (the dodgeball scene is hilarious!), make this book laugh-out-loud funny. But don't let that fool you, it will also hit you right in the feels. ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Friendships come in unusual places. Rhino discovers this at school when he meets a bird who has decided to be his friend. They are very different - classical and rock music for one, and Rhino decides to get rid of this bird.
He realizes he misses him and finds him to apologize. Together, they find compromises and ways to get along.
Love the author provided definitions at the beginning and end of the book.
Olivia S
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Not sure how I feel about this one. I like the concept and the illustrations are great, but the wording of the story itself doesn't really appeal to me. I know that the point is to use big, unfamiliar words, because Rupert likes reading the dictionary, but I'm not sure how it would go over with kids, and it seems a little annoying and obnoxious to me. Meh. 6+ ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friends Stick Together is such a perfect beginning of year story for back to school. We meet Rupert, the rhino who meets Levi, a tickbird who attaches himself to Levi everyday, all day. Levi wears out his welcome and Rupert soon realizes that he might have been mistaken in asking Levi to leave him alone. A very special story about friendship!
Patricia N. McLaughlin
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Hilarious! Superbly crafted illustrations of two most unlikely friends who learn the meaning of friendship and the definition of symbiosis through laugh-out-loud-to-the-point-of-tears situations. Everyone knows that rhinos are bibliophiles, but who knew that tickbirds have such a wicked sense of humor?
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Distance and decades do not weaken the bond between them. Unexpected circumstances do not deter these individuals. Strength, courage and good fortune are offered in the face of weakness, fear and adversity. They tend to place others first and themselves second.

Friends appear when they are least expected and most needed. They know us better than we know ourselves. In the following three volumes published in 2018, friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Friends Stick Together (Dial Books for Young Re
The illustrations are adorable and the first thing I loved about this book. Rupert a young rhino finds he has a tickbird, Levi, for a friend. Levi is about opposite quiet and refined Rupert. But when he tells Levi he doesn't want to be friends anymore will he miss more than Levi eating his ticks and save him from scratching? A cute story about finding and appreciating friends. ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great idea to use two animals that in the wild really need each other but here they are in a comical relationship but the message still comes through. Great big words for little children so an opportunity to learn something new. I was once told by an agent that extraordinaire was too big a word for a picture book - in this book you have many more than that and it's a good thing! ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Typically gorgeous illustrations from Hannah Harrison that ooze with detail, skill, and heart. A fun story about symbiosis told using friendship, though that doesn't work perfectly. But still, a good read. ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet, sweet story. The illustrations are wonderful and entertaining. The story is about friendship, and it is told well. The only complaint I have is that sometimes the dialogue gets in the way of the story, but this is a small complaint, because the dialogue is fun.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A bit on the long side so wouldn't work for preschool storytime, but this could be a nice lower elementary school visit story. The artwork is unique and adorable, and of course the story is funny and proves that nothing beats a good friend. ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it

I enjoyed this. I've never read a story about the symbiotic relationship between two species. The illustrations were detailed and cute. Maybe they should do one next about a clownfish and an anemone.
This one is a little text heavy - but with the right reader could still be done with preschoolers and is definitely awesome for the K-3 crowd. A great message about finding friendship in unlikely places and appreciating differences. The illustrations are perfect, too. A great read aloud!
Candace Donato
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! The story is funny and meaningful. The illustrations are adorable. The fact that she teaches children the term symbiosis as the 1st definition in the beginning and then the words 2nd definition at the end - is just genius. Well done. I will look for and read her other books.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of symbiotic friendship
Edward Sullivan
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A touching tale of friendship and symbiosis.
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