The Worst Best Friend

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Scholastic, Sep 1, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
3 Reviews
Mike and Conrad, Conrad and Mike are best, best friends. That is until Victor, a new boy, a big boy, a cool boy, arrives at school. Suddenly, Conrad turns into the WORST best friend and forgets all about his pal, Mike. But when Victor's need to win leaves Conrad crushed, it's Mike who steps up to the plate and shows how to be a real friend, a true-blue friend, a best, BEST friend.

Exuberant illustrations and rhythmic text bounce off the pages in this frank and funny look at the challenges and rewards of friendship. A perfect read-aloud to share with all friends again and again.


"smart, sassy, and energetic." --School Library Journal

"[A] lively story about the power of kindness and friendship. --Publisher's Weekly

"O'Neill's text brims with fun-to-say phrases that fit a rollicking rhythm....Huliska-Beith's memorable Jean busts out of the pages...swirling prespectives in the gouache and collage artwork provide a sense of movement....And humorous details...convey the underlying drama of the situation." --Los Angeles Times

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User Review  - nkwak1 - LibraryThing

I really liked this book because it exemplified a forgiving relationship between friends. Although Mike was not being treated as a best friend, he overlooked Conrad's behavior and treated him as his ... Read full review

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User Review  - SaraColvin - LibraryThing

In my opinion this was a really good book for several reasons. The overall organization of the book was so fun to read along with. The author used a lot of onomatopoeia throughout the entire book. For ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

O'Neill is an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She lives in Simi Valley, California.

Laura Huliska Beith is a freelance illustrator living in Kansas City with her husband, Jeff, and three dogs Roxy, Chloe, and Jake. Several books she illustrated have been included in the Society of Illustrators Original Art show, including "Bad Ideas" which also received a Marion Vannet Ridgeway honor for its debut in Children's Publishing. Some of her most recent projects, The Worst Best Friend and The Recess Queen both written by Alexis O'Neill (Scholastic). Shown Below, The Goodnight Train by June Sobel (Harcourt).

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