almost terrible playdate


The Almost Terrible Playdate

A Picture Book Written & Illustrated by Richard Torrey

Random House Children’s Books 2016

32 Pages


A young boy and a young girl have a playdate but they can’t agree on anything. They decide to play by themselves but soon realize that is not very fun. They learn to come up with a solution that they are both happy with.



Possible Lessons / Morals to the Story:

  • Playing with others takes compromise and patience.
  • We all have great ideas. When we’re open to the ideas of others we have access to even more great ideas.
  • Being with friends is better than getting your way all the time.

Discussion Questions:

  • What happened in this story?
  • What types of things did the little girl want to play?
  • What types of things did the little boy want to play?
  • What did they do when they couldn’t get along?
  • What was the problem?
  • Summarize what they did to solve the problem.
  • What do you think they will play next time?
  • What are some compromises you make with your friends?
  • What can you do to make playtime more enjoyable?

How You Could Use this Resource:

  • To teach children to compromise so everyone gets input on an activity.
  • To aid in dissolving an argument during playtime.
  • To prepare a child for a playdate with a new friend.