A Review of You Are My Best Friend by Tatsuya Miyanishi

What’s it about?

Once upon a time a violent, mean, selfish Tyrannosaurus roamed the land, and all the other animals feared him. One day, while chasing other animals, the Tyrannosaurus falls into the ocean. The Elasmosaurus, who lives in the sea, saves his life, and the Tyrannosaurus says “thank you” for the very first time. From that day, the land creature and the sea creature become best friends.  – Goodreads Synopsis

Book Cover for You Are My Best Friend by Tatsuya Miyanishi

Our Review of You Are My Best Friend

Unique illustrations with eye-catching color combinations that fill the page help to ensure that little eyes don’t get distracted by the world around them as they read You Are My Best Friend. I was put off at first by the dark tones, but the artist’s work quickly won me over. I loved that even when something violent had clearly happened, the injuries were simply put as darker spots on the skin, and yet it still got the point across.

You Are My Best Friend is one of those stories that keeps the same understandable message even through translation. Simple wording with an easy to understand story make it appropriate for the K-2 age range it’s directed at, though the younger end of the range would probably benefit from having it read out loud to them. The story of being so much happier once you start being nice and have a friend in your life make the book worth reading to your children, especially if they are exhibiting some minor behavioral issues. The way the book is written gives you opportunities to easily discuss the story with your children to make sure they fully comprehend it.

4 Star Rated Review of You Are My Best Friend

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Title: You Are My Best Friend | Series: Tyrannosaurus Series | Author & Illustrator: Tatsuya Miyanishi | Publisher: Museyon | Pub. Date: 2016-5-1 | ISBN13: 9781940842103 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-4-4 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.