My Best Friend is a Goldfish
Written by Mark illustrated by Chris Jevons
A boy believes that to have a best friend, they must enjoy the same things, play together and always get along. So when he and his best friend don’t do these things, the boy goes on a search for a new one. His first attempt, Murphy the dog, goes well until he runs off to play with other four‑footed friends in the park. Next is Gus the cat, but that ends when he pounces on a mouse. Hercules the hamster loses his chance at best friend status as he’s preoccupied with stuffing his cheek pouches with food. Fishy Robert gets counted out because all he does is eat and swim. Then the boy stops to think, do his friends have to be just like him? Or are they like cookies and milk, different but perfect for each other?
Mark Lee writes about how a boy comes to the discovery that he and his friends do not have to be the same for them to have fun together. Chris Jevons’s illustrations are colorful and bright and are an excellent accompaniment to the story. As the boy goes through each potential new best friend, the section starts with the naming of the friend, but as they lose their chance, their name is crossed out.