Lola is one confident kid, and she happens to have some great advice about making friends.
She does have 347, after all. Trouble is, she’s just moved, and none of those friends are in her new town. But that changes by the end of the first day after her mother helps her remember that she could write a book about making friends. McCarthy’s advice is not sugarcoated, and she doesn’t portray Lola as always having an easy time being a friend—it takes patience to listen to a buddy drone on about the many names she is considering for a future pet turtle. Lola seems to know just how to respond in lots of situations; when a new friend tells her she’s the “seventh nicest person” she knows, Lola responds with “Thanks?” and points out to readers that friends “tell each other the truth. This isn’t always a good thing.” And Lola doesn’t fall for fake, either. “If you give me your ice cream, I’ll invite you to my birthday party” meets with a firm “I think I’d rather have the ice cream.” Palacios gives Lola lots of exuberant personality; even her blonde pigtails can’t be contained—they stick out from the sides of her head. Lola and her family are white; her new neighborhood is diverse.
Lola’s pointers should stand young friends-to-be in good stead. (Picture book. 4-8)