Best Friends in the Universe (Hardcover)

By Stephanie Watson, Leuyen Pham (Illustrator), Pham Leuyen (Illustrator)

Orchard Books, 9780545659888, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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Louie and Hector are the best friends in the universe. Get ready to laugh out loud as the two boys fall in and out and eventually back into their best friendship ever through a series of funny secrets that neither one was supposed to reveal. Each episode is told in a journal format in four parts: "Best Friends in the Universe," "Best Friends in the Universe Forever and Ever," "Worst Friends in the Universe," and finally "Worst Secret Keepers in the Universe But Still Best Friends Forever and Ever."

And Louie and Hector's comical dialogue will have kids howling!

Louie: "I'm going to make up an ugly dance move called the Horrible Hector."
Hector: "I'm going to invent a disgusting, rotten drink called the Icky Louie."
Both: "That's it! This book is canceled."

But just like most friendships, Hector and Louie find a way to stay best friends forever -- but maybe not the most trusted secret keepers!

About the Author

Stephanie Watson lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of the first two books in the Elvis & Olive series.

LeUyen Pham is the bestselling illustrator of Real Friends by Shannon Hall, The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hall, the Freckleface series by Julianne Moore, Hats Off to You and Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont, and Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, as well as many others. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and her two adorable sons who are best friends. Visit LeUyen at

Praise For Best Friends in the Universe

Praise for Best Friends in the Universe:

* "[A] clever book about friendship." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Too soon for many readers, it's: 'Hey, our book is almost over!' 'Yeah. . .but our friendship is NOT!'" -- Booklist, starred review

"A tried-and-true friendship story executed with creativity and verve." -- Kirkus

"In this meta-comedy about friendship, buddies Hector and Louie are creating an entire book about their relationship... Dialogue by Watson (Behold! A Baby) bubbles with a fun, noisy energy -- this is not a book to read aloud with your inside voice." -- Publishers Weekly