I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie can't wait to show Gerald her brand new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

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Overview


Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie can't wait to show Gerald her brand new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Two new additions to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winning Elephant and Piggie series. In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie has a great new toy, although she's not exactly sure what it does. Elephant thinks that perhaps it's a throwing toy. And throw it he does, right up in the air, and then it smashes in two pieces. Uh-oh. At first it seems as though there will be a break in the friendship as well as a broken toy. Elephant's "sorry" is not accepted by Piggie, though they do share a few tears. When Squirrel comes around and spots the toy as one of the "break-and-snap" variety, showing it's as good as new, the friends soon realize that playing together is more fun than any old toy. This offers plenty of opportunity for new readers to learn useful words like sad and mad, but the charm comes in the way Willems captures the emotions of young children, sometimes with a line of dialogue ("You broke it!"), and sometimes with an artful drawn line that says as much as words.—Booklist

BFFs Gerald and Piggie (I Am Invited to a Party! and There Is a Bird on Your Head!, rev. 1/08) are back in their fifth and sixth easy-reader episodes. The pair's friendship is put to the test in My New Toy when elephant Gerald accidentally breaks Piggie's prized possession. Their spat follows a familiar arc: anger and sadness, tears and regret; all ends well, thanks to a squirrel's intervention, and the two conclude: "Friends are more fun than toys." In the companion volume, Piggie and Gerald watch as a squirrel surprises an unsuspecting pal; it looks like fun, so they give it a go. The game doesn't work too well, however, if both players lie in wait for each other. While Gerald panics-"Where is Piggie?...Maybe a giant bird...flew off with her!"-Piggie gets sidetracked ("I am hungry for lunch"); their silly overreactions are classic-cartoon funny. The simple speech-balloon text uses a fair amount of repetition to encourage new readers, and Willems skillfully conveys mood and tone through type size and his characters' expressive body language. This series' broadly sketched, satisfying dramas are just right for readers beginning to venture out on their own.—Horn Book

In classic Willems style, the characters' expressions and body language carry both stories, with the deceptively simple line art saying far more than the slight, though whimsical, texts. When Gerald accidentally breaks Piggie's new toy, he is by turns ashamed, chagrined, and apologetic. Piggie is mad, sad, and finally embarrassed (a squirrel shows them that the "broken toy" is of the "break-and-snap" variety). The pals then decide that playing together is more fun than playing with a toy anyway. In the second title, the two watch a squirrel surprise a friend by jumping out from behind a rock. Mischievous Gerald and Piggie then plan together how to "surprise" one another in the same way. They sit behind opposite sides of a large stone and wait to be surprised. And wait. And wait. And worry. Savvy readers will know exactly what happens when each friend thinks that the other has left. These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse easy-reader and picture-book audiences, alike.—SLJ

Children's Literature - Gwen Vanderhage
Elephant and Piggie are good friends. Piggie gets a wonderful new toy and shows it to Elephant, who is not quite sure what the toy is. Actually, Piggie doesn't know what the toy is either. After deciding that it must be a throwing toy, Elephant gives it a nice toss into the air. The friends watch it come back down to earth, where it breaks. Both friends are horrified, and Piggie gets mad. Elephant apologizes, Piggie stays mad, and both friends cry. As all hope seems lost, a squirrel comes over and wants to play with the break-and-snap toy. Piggie tries breaking and snapping her new toy over and over. Forgiven, Elephant declines to play with the new toy. He says that he would rather play with his friend than a toy. The friends abandon the toy and play tag together. Children's friendships are perfectly expressed in this series of early reader books. With careful word selections and pitch-perfect illustrations, Willems captures the lightning fast shifts between humor and pathos in the world of young children. The illustrations are Willems' characteristic style of line drawings in a limited color palette. His simple style belies the complexity of emotion and action his characters convey with their body language. Children will find much familiar in the plots, and Willems' sly humor will delight. Elephant and Piggie stories are terrific for early readers, but they can also be enjoyed by younger children when read to them or by older children who will continue to enjoy Willems' trademark humor. Reviewer: Gwen Vanderhage
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

In classic Willems style, the characters' expressions and body language carry both stories, with the deceptively simple line art saying far more than the slight, though whimsical, texts. When Gerald accidentally breaks Piggie's new toy, he is by turns ashamed, chagrined, and apologetic. Piggie is mad, sad, and finally embarrassed (a squirrel shows them that the "broken toy" is of the "break-and-snap" variety). The pals then decide that playing together is more fun than playing with a toy anyway. In the second title, the two watch a squirrel surprise a friend by jumping out from behind a rock. Mischievous Gerald and Piggie then plan together how to "surprise" one another in the same way. They sit behind opposite sides of a large stone and wait to be surprised. And wait. And wait. And worry. Savvy readers will know exactly what happens when each friend thinks that the other has left. These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse easy-reader and picture-book audiences, alike.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423109617
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 48,367
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems is the author of groundbreaking picture books, including; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor winner 2004); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor winner 2003); Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Time to Say "Please"!; Leonardo, the Terrible Monster; Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. He also wrote Today I will Fly!, My Friend Is Sad, There Is a Bird on Your Head, and I Am Invited to a Party!, the first books in this series.

In his previous life, Mo was a six-time Emmy Award winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    HIGHLY Recommend!

    Perfect book for kids with a wonderful message! Laugh-loud-loud funny facial expressions! Great for beginner readers and a terrific addition to the series. A MUST-HAVE book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2009

    Wonderful Book

    My daughter and I love the Elephant & Piggie books. Mo Willems is a wonderful author and illustrator. These books come alive when a child reads them, and I look forward to reading time with my daughter as much as she does. Definitely our favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

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    Great story and illustrations!

    As a teacher of 6 and 7 year olds, I can tell you this book is a hit in my classroom! The text is simple and pictures are wonderful, every time I read a Piggie and Elephant book, my students are rolling on the floor with laughter. It's a real treat to see my students then take this book and strive to read it individually. These are my new favorite characters and I would recommend them to everyone I know with children.

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  • Anonymous

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    Awesome!

    My 2 year old loves the Elephant and Piggie series. They get read daily in our house!

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    A Favorite for a Good Laugh!

    The Turkeybird Speaks(My son's opinion, age 3): "Give me a minute...thanks! I needed a second to compose myself. The best part about this book...my mom, reading it to me. She's amazing! If I could get her to read it over and over for hours every day I would, because it's great. Hold on, I think I might be able to get her to read it!...

    "Hahaha! That was great, I mean really! You are missing out on life if you haven't read this, because if I'm not mistaken they have studies proving that laughter helps you live longer, right? I can't stop laughing! Haha! Every time I even see this book I have to chuckle, it's so much fun. And if it couldn't get much better, it's all about a toy! Wonderful. Mo Willems is by far one of my favorite authors and illustrators. He's a genius! Go out get this book and read it to the nearest 2 to 4 year old you know, they will love you forever for it."

    Mom's Two Cents: "One of my favorite things about this book, The Turkeybird's reaction. I honestly can say that very rarely do I see him light up the way he does when I read this book to him. And who doesn't appreciate that? It was a joy, yet again today when he ran into my room with this book in tow and a huge grin on his face. I'd read it once and then he'd say 'again! again!'. How could I refuse such plea's? It truly was the highlight of my day.

    "I Love My New Toy! is the story of a little Piggie (insert the nearest preschool age child in your life) and her adventure getting, losing and regaining a toy and more importantly a friend. Piggie initially chooses to share her toy with her good friend Gerald, but he causes strife by breaking it...or so they think. Piggie goes through a range of emotions and eventually finds that it's better to forgive than hold a grudge. It teaches children that friends are the things to be treasured not just our possessions.

    "When we purchased this for The Turkeybird it was in the hopes that it would help him with sharing. I'm not entirely sure that it's helped so far, but it has taught him some other very valuable lessons. It's helped him put names to feelings and emotions he's had. Recently he had a toy break and I think reading the book helped him understand it was okay, he had other toys and friends to play with. He still values the things he has, but I'm pretty sure it's helping him to see they aren't what is important in life.

    "A great book with a great message that's also very entertaining. Perfect for reading together between you and your toddler or even a group of toddlers together could be great!"

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    LOVELY BOOK!

    We just love this book. The illustrations are SO CUTE! They made us all laugh. But this is also a great story with a really good lesson about sharing, greed, anger management & what's really important - all rapped up in a short, easy to read & understand format. My granddaughter who's 4, really enjoyed my reading to her, then went on to PopPop & Mommy to each read it again using their best character voices. Enjoyable all around!

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    Brilliant!

    Hilarious characters! I absolutely LOVE Piggie and Gerald. They have become a staple on our bookshelf. Not to mention, the dialogue set up in this series is wonderful. My daughter was able to begin to understand how dialogue works in a book thanks to the way the books are set up with each character getting their own colored dialogue "bubble." Awesome books!

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