Reading/Interest Level: Toddler
Author: David Elliott
Illustrator: Gabriel Alborozo
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Tim and Tim are best friends forever. That is, until Tom shows up! Tim and Tim's easy friendship is complicated by this new addition to their group, and they must work out this new experience of including new friends. In the end, Tim, Tim, and Tom are best friends forever. That is, until someone new shows up.
Short and sweet, this is a simple tale of two young boys learning how to adjust to new circumstances and friends. Even with the brevity of actual text, the story is humorous and entertaining. The confusion between the two Tims is enjoyable. The “resolution” of the final page with a new boy and dog showing up is sweet and ironic. This is a good text to use with young children to open up discussions about making new friends and being inclusive of new people. It is a simple story that provides a great opportunity to meaningfully discuss friendship with young children.