The Almost Terrible Playdate by Richard Torrey

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His design brings the children's ideas to vivid imaginative life...Torrey's characters model compromise and amiability, adjusting their gendered stances and negotiating a mutually acceptable balance of princesses and dragons.
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“[A] delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends.” — Kirkus

Ideal for all families who have ever heard (or said!) the words “Why can’t you both JUST GET ALONG?!”, here is the story of two young children with VERY different ideas of what they want to play. What starts with an innocent question (“What do you want to play?”) soon veers hilariously toward chaos, as two children engage in the age-old struggle of princesses, ponies, and ballet vs. dinosaurs, dragons, and race cars. Which child will win? Or will both find a way to play nicely together?
 
In a humorous mock–epic battle staged with crayon illustrations of each child’s increasingly steadfast and elaborate ideas of what they want to play, Richard Torrey taps into the charged and volatile emotions of childhood, which every parent and child will recognize with a smile. It’s a lighthearted and funny way to reflect on the ideas of sharing, cooperation, patience, and generosity.

“A clever story of dueling imaginations.” — School Library Journal

“A playful and accessible introduction to cooperation.” — Booklist  

“Friendship, it seems, like make-believe, takes an act of imagination.” — The New York Times


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About Richard Torrey

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Richard Torrey is the author and illustrator of a number of well-loved children's books, including Almost, Why?, and the popular Beans Baker series. Mr. Torrey lives in Shoreham, New York.
 
Published February 16, 2016 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 19 2015

The palette is minimal: purple for what the girl imagines and green for the boy; except for color-coded clothing, the rest is black lines on white backgrounds. A mostly delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 17 2016

His design brings the children's ideas to vivid imaginative life...Torrey's characters model compromise and amiability, adjusting their gendered stances and negotiating a mutually acceptable balance of princesses and dragons.

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