All my friends are dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John, 2010
Published by Chronicle Books
First line: “All my friends are dead.”
Book Rx: Pick it up if you’re in the mood for a quick laugh.
As the blurb claims: it’s the saddest funny book or the funniest sad book you’ll ever read. It’s canary yellow, handy and travel-sized for your convenience.
My favorite characters:
– The recurring philosophical tree with a side table for a friend (They’re friends… or are they?)
– The chirpy guy named Doug stuck on an island with a guy named Phil
– Death himself, who claims “This job makes me feel so alive.”
The humor is nuanced, so while the illustrations are cute and the font size big, do not be deceived. It’s not exactly for kids. I’ve put this under Kids / YA anyway mainly for the YA crowd. They’ll get it. :)