Flabbersmashed About You addresses a common concern for children in a simple yet entertaining story. I liked that Jennifer is not portrayed as deliberately mean, instead, she is simply interested in playing with someone else. Katie is still hurt, but she is open to Arabella's offer of friendship. By acknowledging Katie's feelings but showing that other friends can also be fun, the book gently suggests a solution for children smarting over the shifting alliances between friends. Yumi Heo's illustrations are bright and cheery, yet effective at portraying Katie's feelings when she is upset.
This book is entertaining for anyone, and particularly good for instigating a discussion about feelings, friendship, and loyalty. 2012.