We're Going to Be Friends

We're Going to Be Friends

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Overview

"Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs.” — Entertainment Weekly

"We're Going to be Friends" is one of The White Stripes most enduring and loved songs. With the help of illustrator Elinor Blake, the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children's book. Join Suzy Lee as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend.

“Jack White has written a perfect story and Elino Blake's art is enchanting. It harkens back to 1940s Golden Books. Read it while listening to either Jack or Elinor sing the story. It’s a sonic/optic treat.” — John Kricfalusi, creator The Ren and Stimpy Show

"It’s back to school! Walk with Suzy Lee and her new friend. In hues of red, black and white with nods to classic animation and mid-century picture books, Elinor Blake creates an enchanted vision for Jack White’s gentle story of new friendship.”—Nina Crews, author The Neighborhood Mother Goose.

In my favorite picture books text and art feel like they were conceived as one. This book has that quality. The text is the lyrics from the wonderful, now classic song "We're Going To Be Friends" by Jack White. In place of sound and music we have Elinor Blake's pictures. These images surprise and delight and have a genuine and rare timelessness, I can easily visualize this charming creation sitting snug between books by Robert McCloskey and Garth Williams on any bookshelf both past and present. — Tony Fucile, animator The Lion King, Finding Nemo

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996401692
Publisher: Third Man Books
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 148,275
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jack White is a twelve-time Grammy-winning musician, producer, and actor. He is best known for his work in the bands The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and as a solo artist. In 2009 he also founded his own record label, Third Man Records.

Elinor Blake, a.k.a. singer/songwriter April March, is a Disney trained animator first hired at age eighteen by Paul Reubens for Pee-wee's Playhouse, in a studio so large there was rollerskating around the drawing boards after hours. She then went on to work with some of the best known artists and directors in movies and television, among them Ralph Bakshi, Quentin Tarantino, Nick Park, and John Kricfalusi. She's animated everything from Coke to Crest Toothpaste and everyone from Ren & Stimpy to Bugs Bunny, not to mention Frank Zappa (whom she just mentioned). This is her first children's book.

Read an Excerpt

"We're Going To Be Friends"
by Jack White

Fall is here, hear the yell back to school, ring the bell brand new shoes, walking blues climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee through the park and by the tree we will rest upon the ground and look at all the bugs we found safely walk to school without a sound safely walk to school without a sound

Here we are, no one else we walked to school all by ourselves there's dirt on our uniforms from chasing all the ants and worms we clean up and now it's time to learn we clean up and now it's time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell nouns, and books, and show and tell playtime we will throw the ball back to class, through the hall teacher marks our height against the wall teacher marks our height against the wall

We don't notice any time pass we don't notice anything we sit side by side in every class teacher thinks that I sound funny but she likes the way you sing

Tonight I'll dream while I'm in bed when silly thoughts go through my head about the bugs and alphabet and when I wake tomorrow I'll bet that you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

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