Best Test (Pippa Goodhart & Anna Doherty)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Best Test by Pippa Goodhart and Anna Doherty, a sweet story of competition and friendship.

After finding a big, juicy strawberry, a group of animal friends argue over who should be the one to get it. And while the general consensus is that the fruit should go to the one who is “best,” the friends – Frog, Bird, Shrew, Rat, Mouse, and Squirrel – can’t agree on how to determine what makes someone “best.” Is it the biggest? The fastest? The best at making funny faces? The best at coloring inside the lines? The animals decide to conduct a Best Test, a race that will decide who deserves their sweet treat – and after some unexpected and heartwarming shenanigans, they may discover that being best is something that friends can share.

Absolutely adorable. With endearing text and darling illustrations, Goodhart and Doherty create a simple story of friendship that shows how kindness and support of those we care about always wins. While the animals may start out competitive, all of them are quick to let their better natures take over when their opponents start struggling, proving that winning is never gratifying if we are poor sports (or indeed, bad friends). The twist ending is a little bemusing, but not so much that it detracts from the main message or the delightful tone. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ loved the cute animals and their antics. Overall, a delightful little read, and we recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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