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Meet Dennis, an “ordinary boy” who is anything but ordinary. Dennis’s hero is Marcel Marceau. He mimes all day long, and everyone at school calls him Mime Boy. Being different is not easy, and Dennis feels a deep loneliness until he meets a girl named Joy. As their friendship grows, Dennis discovers that having a friend and being a friend make all the difference.

Author-illustrator Salina Yoon has createdBe a Friend with simplicity in design, color, and text. The predominantly black-and-white illustrations are subtly highlighted with red. This is a picture book to be read over and over. Anyone sharing this story is sure to identify with Dennis’s joy in finding true friendship. Ages 3 and up. (Bloomsbury)

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