Book Review: We’re Going to Be Friends by Jack White, illustrated by Elinor Blake

FriendsWe’re Going to Be Friends
Jack White, illustrated by Elinor Blake
9780996401692, Third Man Books, $16.95, Pub. Date: November 23, 2017

Publisher Description: “We’re Going to be Friends” is one of The White Stripes most enduring and loved songs. With the help of illustrator Elinor Blake, the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children’s book. Join Suzy Lee as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend.

WildlyRead Thoughts: The White Stripes have made a picture book out of their famous song, “We’re Going to Be Friends.” Rather than being saccharine or trite, the illustrations elevate the musicality of the lyrics by incorporating musical motifs and giving nods to characters reminiscent of childhood. Children and adults will enjoy looking for musical (like the treble clef in Suzy Lee’s ear) and classical (the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland makes an appearance) references. I dare you to read this without singing it out loud. I know I couldn’t! See the video below for proof. Enjoyable for all ages.

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