My Friend Is Sad (Elephant and Piggie Series)

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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 My Friend is Sad, elephant Gerald is down in the dumps. Piggie is determined to cheer him up by dressing as a cowboy, a clown, and even a robot! But what does it take to make a sad ...

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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 My Friend is Sad, elephant Gerald is down in the dumps. Piggie is determined to cheer him up by dressing as a cowboy, a clown, and even a robot! But what does it take to make a sad elephant happy? The answer will make even pessimistic elephants smile.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) introduces two best friends in the paper-over-board Elephant & Piggie books: a naysaying gray bespectacled pachyderm and an optimistic pink porker, whose opposing temperaments serve as the bases for sparring and mutual understanding alike. When Piggie declares, "Today I Will Fly!," Elephant responds, in Green Eggs and Hamfashion: "You will not fly today./ You will not fly tomorrow./ .../ You will never fly!" "I will try!" Piggie asserts. She gets assistance from a mock-ferocious bulldog, whose barking does help her to jump (but not fly), and an amiable pelican who demonstrates how friends can lend a hand (er, wing). Energetic Piggie dons a series of costumes (cowboy, clown, robot) to boost sulky Elephant's spirits in My Friend Is Sad. Elephant does not cheer up until Piggie shows up sansdisguise: "I saw a cowboy!... But you were not there to see him!" Elephant laments. "I need my friends!" "You need new glasses...." Piggie whispers in an aside to readers, ending on a sly note. Willems treats each page (or spread) as one panel, so the action unfolds briskly against white backgrounds. He provides the emphatic dialogue in varying font sizes and keeps the design details simple but effective: Piggie's words appear in powdery rose-colored voice bubbles, Elephant's in pale blue-gray. Nevertheless, even inexperienced readers will not be busy long, whether or not they pause to chuckle at the dueling characters' changing facial expressions. Compared to Willems's more nuanced character studies, these episodes feel all too brief. Still, readers will likely clamor for more. Ages 4-8.(Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423102977
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 58
  • Sales rank: 55,800
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems is 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 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; and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. Mo lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    The best review so far!

    I have this best friend you see, and this best friend once read this book to me. I was sad. I was very sad. But following what seemed like a lifetime of pure jubilant bliss, i can now say that i am happy. So very happy. And For those curious individuals interested in purchasing this book, A big part of the reason for my new found happiness, is this lovely creation. Its a treasure to stay with you for years to come. But you dont have to take my word for it...

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Never disappoints and always VERY funny! We especially love to make sound effects to the characters Piggie "becomes" to try and cheer up Gerald. Great book for beginners!

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Nana who buys "cool" books"

    My three year old grandson always asks when he visits if I have any new "cool" books and his favorites right now are the Elephant and Piggie series. His two favorites are My Friend Is Sad and There Is A Bird On Your Head. Now that I have completed the series he has been asking every few days about a new one. That to me is a sure sign of a "cool" book series.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    My grandboys love Elephant and Piggie

    Mo Willems is one of the rising starts of children's books. His characters act like real children, allowing both children and the adults who read to them to identify with the feelings explored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    Amy, a mom who loves to read

    This book is one of the wonderful elephant and piggie books that I enjoy reading to my 4-year-old son. In a very humorous way this book shows the value of friendship and the bound people have with one another. The illustrations add so much to the humor that lies in the text. I would recommend this book to anyone with little children!

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