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Reviewed by Rylanne Burdette for Readers' Favorite
Our Little Promise by Priya Pasumarthy follows Billy and Lilly, two best friends who love to play together while their mothers spend time together. It’s April Fool’s Day, and Lilly dresses up in various costumes, pretending to be anything from a cat to an elephant to a shark. She knocks on the door behind which Billy stands, but he refuses to let her into the room, going along with Lilly’s shenanigans as she pretends to be these animals. Eventually, Billy lets her in, and they talk about how much fun Lilly’s little tricks are. The pair promises to be friends forever, loving their relationship with the other. Our Little Promise is a picture book with a plot that children are sure to be drawn to.
I love a good children’s book, and this one was very heartwarming. Billy and Lilly were very entertaining characters, and I enjoyed seeing Lilly dress up in her various costumes, trying to trick Billy. Billy and Lilly had a great dynamic that worked for them; their mothers were sweet characters as well. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the formatting of the book, with the text and images on separate pages, Our Little Promise was still a good read. The illustrations were vibrant, full of colors and magical details on each page. This is very much a book about true friendship, and it’s something that young children are going to be able to connect with. I would recommend Our Little Promise by Priya Pasumarthy to young children and their families.