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The Two Tims

David Elliott, Gabriel Alborozo (Illustrator)


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Best pals encounter a complication in this welcoming tale of camaraderie from New York Times best-selling author David Elliott.

Tim and Tim are best friends. They like to play and climb trees together. Then Tom comes along. Tom shares some interests with one Tim and some with the other. But can all three boys find common ground? David Elliott and Gabriel Alborozo explore the nuances and adjustments required when a pair of friends becomes a group and how opening your heart can reap enormous rewards. A spot-on read-aloud for young children learning to find a place in their world for new friendships.

Praise For The Two Tims

An oft-told learning journey that all friend groups must navigate; this simple telling may resonate in ways others do not.
—Kirkus Reviews

Elliott presents a pair of best friends, the two Tims, who delight in doing everything together. That is, until Tom comes along...The text’s limited vocabulary and the strong visual cues provided by Alborozo’s loose, sketchy pen and watercolor illustrations make this a good choice for emerging readers. The visual punch line at the end of the book will be familiar to anyone who has experienced the challenges and joys of making new friends while keeping the old. A sweet, simple friendship story that will have wide appeal.
—School Library Journal

Elliot collaborates with Alborozo to produce a charming story that addresses a common problem among inseparable friends...Alborozo’s playful, cartoonish scenes—mixed media illustrations with squiggly ink lines and soft washes of color—are a wonderful complement to Elliot’s simple yet engaging text. Closing on an encouraging note with a clever twist, this makes for a great story time read as well as a delightful educational tool.
—Booklist Online

Candlewick, 9780763672645, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

About the Author

David Elliott is the award-winning author of many books for children, including the New York Times bestseller And Here’s to You!, as well as On the Farm, In the Wild, In the Sea, and On the Wing. He is also the author of Nobody’s Perfect, illustrated by Sam Zuppardi. David Elliott lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

Gabriel Alborozo is an illustrator whose books include Let’s Paint!, Let’s Play, and Good Night, Firefly, among others. Before becoming an illustrator, he worked in film and animation. He lives in London.