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39 Uses for a Friend

Harriet Ziefert. Putnam Publishing Group, $11.99 (40pp) ISBN 978-0-399-23616-7

""Backrest,"" ""perfume sniffer,"" ""hand warmer"" and ""phone buddy"" are just four of Harriet Ziefert's 39 Uses for a Friend. The descriptive words and phrases accumulate in a heartfelt homage to best friends everywhere. Rebecca Doughty's deceptively simple line drawings vary the pacing, sometimes set in panels against bright, patterned borders and other times with four vignettes to a spread. ( Nov.)