Reviews for We Go Together! : A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse

Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1
This small book, not much bigger than a greeting card, celebrates friendship in short poems and imaginative drawings. Whether one pal is asking another to start a band, or both are realizing they're scallywags (Let's plan a caper! / We can build a UFO / and fool the local paper), or the friends are simply celebrating how well they go together (Basses and drums. / Pastries and crumbs), these vignettes will make readers smile. That's also true of the pictures, painted in acrylics, which have a Maira Kalman feel. Some of the sturdy art is whimsically surreal--for instance, an alligator in cowboy clothes gives his beaked lady love a bike ride on his handlebars. And while a few of the poems have a sophistication that might get past the intended audience--like the one in which a beret-wearing dog discusses how he enjoys the way a lady cat completes his sentences--most are on target. Use this as a jumping off place for creating Valentine's Day cards. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
"We go together / like fingers and thumbs. / Basses and drums. / Pastries and crumbs." Eighteen quirky, well-metered poems work together smashingly in this warmhearted small-trimmed book honoring the support and camaraderie of "genuine chums." The poems range from simple odes to silly nonsense verse, though all employ clever wordplay; the acrylic illustrations consistently embody the spirit of each one.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 December #2
In a collection that celebrates loving friendship, Brown artfully captures the comforting, sometimes odd moments of true affection. Each of the 14 poems dabbles in a bit of wordplay while experimenting with varied compositions of rhyming couplets. The qualities of best friends are the dominant theme: "If someone makes a crack / or puts me down, / you back me up / and stick around. / Always there / when I get in a tangle. / I lean on you / at a steep angleā€¦." In the title poem, two guys liken themselves to silly pairings: "We go together / like fingers and thumbs. / Basses and drums. / Pastries and crumbs. / We go together / like apples and plums. / Molars and gums. / Genuine chums." Flat acrylic illustrations not only supplement the text, but add to the quirky humor. For all the admirable qualities found within, this will probably have limited appeal due to the less-than-scintillating subject matter, and given the small trim size, sharing with a group will be challenging. Consider giving as a gift for a special pal. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #2

Despite its greeting-card size, Brown's collection of 18 love and friendship poems is anything but stock. In "FBF," two friends share memories about their "greenish phase" ("We... concocted strange juices/ with lettuce and kale./ We trained an iguana/ to get us the mail"), while later poems discuss gratitude ("My mind was in a panic,/ but you remained calm,/ ready to do battle/ with the splinter in my palm") and laughter ("I cackle/ and you chortle./ Together we chorkle"). Brown's bean-nosed, long-legged monsters, and eccentrically attired dogs, cats, and humans are as unusual and memorable as ever, as he pairs a heaping spoonful of nonsense with unexpected yet genuine observations about the joy of companionship. Ages 4-8. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 January

Gr 2-6--This book, comprised of 18 first-person poems that are all about 10 lines each, emphasizes the importance of friendship and the little ways in which people can express their gratitude for one another. Each spread has a snappy poem and a colorful picture. The illustrations range from subtle to celebratory, and the characters depicted give deeper meaning to the selections. Different ethnicities and even species are represented (including green space aliens!), but they are not specifically addressed in the text (nor do they really need to be). The poems quietly celebrate all types of friendships, and the narrator(s) show appreciation for the small things that bring friends together, like how one bird encouraged his dog pal to become a braver roller skater, or how one friend has memorized the other's preferences when it comes to a cup of tea, "Noticing things about me, especially, seems to be your specialty." The cheerful, rhythmic rhymes help make this book perfect for reading aloud, and it would be an ideal choice for two friends to share.--Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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