The Almost Terrible Playdate by Richard Torrey

5 out of 5 stars

In this book, a young boy and girl want to play together, but they can’t come to an agreement on how the time should be spent. The story continues with a back and forth dialogue as the two share their ideas and rebuttals.

The structure of the story lends itself nicely to be read aloud in two voices.

The differences between boys and girls is clearly shown, and the voice of the story is accurate of young children. At one point, the boy uses the word “giantest,” which stays true to the age of the narrator. It is a comical reflection of childhood banter, and the pictures are like the drawings of a young child.

This book is reminiscent of Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle by Kevin O’Malley, but it’s targeted at a younger audience.

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