Be a Friend

An ordinary boy, Dennis expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Sometimes people call him Mime Boy. Dennis is happy being himself, but sometimes he gets lonely. Even trees get lonely sometimes. But when Dennis meets a girl named Joy, he discovers how wonderful friendship can truly be when you find the right person.

Yoon’s pencil illustrations are on a brown paper background and give this book a vintage feeling. Her clever depiction of various miming positions and expressions add another dimension to the story as children can try some of these mimes out themselves. Yoon’s characters are friendly, kind and warm, even though Dennis felt invisible for a little bit, it feels as if he is in a safe environment.

This is a heart-warming story of friendship. It celebrates being an individual and slightly different from everyone else and how this can often be a wonderful thing.