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Friends Stick Together
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Friends Stick Together
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A touching and timeless story about finding friendship in unlikely places from the award-winning creator of Extraordinary Jane
Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps the alphabet, tells corny jokes, and does really embarrassing air guitar solos. Worse, he lands right on Rupert and is determined to be Rupert's symbiotic best pal! Rupert wants him gone. But when Levi finally does bug off, Rupert finds the peace and quiet a little boring. It turns out, Rupert could really use a friend like Levi.
This sweet and moving friendship story shares an important message of acceptance for every reader—whether they're a Rupert or a Levi.
A touching and timeless story about finding friendship in unlikely places from the award-winning creator of Extraordinary Jane
Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps the alphabet, tells corny jokes, and does really embarrassing air guitar solos. Worse, he lands right on Rupert and is determined to be Rupert's symbiotic best pal! Rupert wants him gone. But when Levi finally does bug off, Rupert finds the peace and quiet a little boring. It turns out, Rupert could really use a friend like Levi.
This sweet and moving friendship story shares an important message of acceptance for every reader—whether they're a Rupert or a Levi.
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  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2018
    Rupert the rhino is a bit put off by Levi the tickbird's enthusiastic attachment to him. Harrison mines the symbiotic relationship between real rhinos and tickbirds in her humorous story about anthropomorphic animals at school. Rupert is proper, socially awkward, and self-conscious, while silly Levi, the new kid at school, brims with exuberance and confidence. He tags along with (often literally on) an increasingly mortified Rupert, and the natural world informs the story when Rupert is embarrassed by Levi's loud enjoyment of ticks he plucks from his body in the cafeteria. "Yummy! Tastes like chicken!" Levi jokes in front of an offended hen and a mortified Rupert, who eventually decides "Levi has got to go." He tries various means of ridding himself of Levi, whose ever generous and loyal responses to various passive-aggressive moves stymie the rhino. Finally, Rupert directly tells Levi to back off, saying "I find your boisterousness a tad loathsome," and "Your uncouthness is slightly problematic." Predictably, but nevertheless satisfyingly so, Rupert ends up missing Levi when the bird, hurt and confused, grants the rhino the space he wants. Throughout, the text's humor is matched by Harrison's lively illustrations, which excel in visual characterization and provide funny asides to extend the story. The clothed animals are a stitch, both entirely animal and completely human.This friendship story sticks out. (Picture book. 3-7)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 19, 2018
    Rupert is a solitary rhinoceros with cerebral tastes: “I like reading dictionaries, listening to classical overtures, and eating cucumber sandwiches with no crust.” Then Levi, a rambunctious tickbird, takes up residence on Rupert’s nose—a textbook symbiotic relationship. Levi is loud, loves to burp, and makes gross jokes about how Rupert’s ticks taste like chicken. Rupert finally shakes Levi loose, but soon realizes how much he misses his companionship and tick-eating abilities (without him, Rupert is pretty itchy). Harrison (My Friend Maggie) uses her signature visual elegance to provide an effective counterpart to her smartly observed stories of kid life. Rupert’s embarrassment and misery are visceral, and his preferred vest-and-tie combos speak volumes about his buttoned-up personality, just as Levi’s tank tops and shorts do. If this story is less satisfying than its predecessors, it’s because Rupert seems more willing to adapt to Levi than the other way around; the common ground the friends find is essentially on Levi’s terms. If this is symbiosis, it’s a lopsided version. Ages 4–8. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2018

    K-Gr 2-Rupert, a quiet rhino, gets more than he bargains for when a loud and obnoxious tickbird named Levi shows up at school and hops onto his nose. At first, Rupert, who enjoys reading dictionaries, listening to classical overtures, and eating cucumber sandwiches, is annoyed by Levi's presence. The raucous bird enjoys corny jokes, armpit farts, and popping wheelies. The two spend a lot of time together until Rupert devises a plan to make Levi leave but somehow the persistent little tickbird manages to stick to him like glue, at least for a while. When Levi is finally out of Rupert's hair, the rhino finds himself alone and feeling terrible. In the end, the two agree to become friends, creating an unusual pairing full of laughs and unexpected surprises. Like most of Harrison's books, this story is visually appealing and uses metaphors to deliver a cleverly crafted message about the value of friendship and interdependence. Robust vocabulary enriches the story line and creates opportunities for teachable moments. Underpinning the story is a series of kid-friendly antics that will undoubtedly tickle a few funny bones. VERDICT Teeming with emotionally stirring messages about the benefit of symbiotic relationships, this book will not only serve as a great read-aloud but will also help reshape the future of character education.-Andrea Jamison, Lincoln Elementary School, Calumet City, IL

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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