Monsen, A., & John, J. (2010). All my friends are dead. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. ISBN: 978-0811874557
Annotation: Various archetypal characters face the reality that life has dealt them the short end of the friendship straw.
Reaction: This book sort of startled the laughter out of me. It starts with how sad the dinosaur on the cover looks, and then an old man finds out the last of his friends has died. And it’s so sad. And funny. The reader hears from a lonely tree, a sad clown, a mixtape of Slow Jamz, and more about the state of their friendships. The words are simple, and the book uses repetition in both the text and illustrations, revisiting a few of the characters several times throughout the book and repeating “all my friends are dead.” Younger audiences wouldn’t understand the morbid humor, but older readers would be able to appreciate the funny/sad combination the authors have created.
This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”