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My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

5.0 3
by Mo Willems

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 New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?


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 New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?

Editorial Reviews

Gerald the elephant and Piggie the pig have been best friends forever or at least since Mo Willems' lovable series began in 2007. In this sweet episode, Gerald wrestles with what first seems to be a disturbing problem: Ever since Piggie found a new mouse friend, his old pachyderm buddy has been wondering where he fits in. A lesson on friendship delivered as only Mo Willems could.

From the Publisher
* "Accessible, appealing, and full of authentic emotions about what makes friendships tick, these titles will put a contemporary shine on easy reader collections."—Booklist (starred review)

* "These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse easy-reader and picture-book audiences, alike."—School Library Journal (starred review)

* "These books will easily take their place alongside Seuss and Eastman as classics in the beginning-reader genre."—The Bulletin (starred review)

School Library Journal
★ 07/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—What is friendship? Gerald reveals his pessimistic thoughts when he explores the "what ifs" as Snake tells him about their best friends' blissful discovery of each other. All is joy at first—Piggie and Brian Bat are perfect playmates, and the really fun time becomes a super-fun time. Unfortunately, Gerald becomes convinced that he and Snake are losing their best friends, and the resulting insecurities crowd out all positive thoughts: "'We must do something! We must tell them to stop having fun!'" Piggie and Brian are even playing BEST FRIEND GAMES! Speech bubbles; clearly drawn, simple line drawings; and easily visible facial expressions all provide clues to the inner thoughts of these pals. Gerald worries, while Piggie channels his adventurous side and forges ahead. Another forte for the unlikely pair—text repetition and diversity of font emphasize an overblown situation with a simple solution that demonstrates trusted friendships are not easily erased. A must-buy for "Elephant & Piggie" fans.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Can Gerald and Piggie's friendship withstand the friendly overtures of Brian Bat?When Snake informs Gerald that Piggie is playing with Brian Bat, he is at first complacent. Brian is "nice," he observes; Snake concurs—after all, he says, "Brian is my Best Friend!" Their mutual reflection that Piggie and Brian "must be having a super-duper fun time!" turns, however, to paranoia when they realize that if their best pals "are having that much fun together, then… / …maybe they do not need us" (that last is printed in teeny-tiny, utterly demoralized type). Gerald and Snake dash/slither to put an end to the fun. Their fears are confirmed when the two new buddies tell them they have "been playing BEST FRIEND GAMES!"—which, it turns out, means making drawings of their respective best friends, Gerald and Snake. Awww. While the buildup to the friends' confrontation is characteristically funny, there's a certain feeling of anticlimax to the story's resolution. How many young children, when playing with a new friend, are likely to spend their time thinking of the friends that they are not playing with? This is unfortunate, as the emotions that Gerald and Snake experience are realistic and profound, deserving of more than a platitudinous, unrealistic response.Everything that readers have come to love about the Elephant & Piggie books is present—masterful pacing, easy-to-follow, color-coded speech bubbles, hilarious body language—except an emotionally satisfying ending. (Early reader. 6-8)

Product Details

Disney Press
Publication date:
Elephant and Piggie Series
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Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
10L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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My New Friend Is So Fun! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GWH68 More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 3year old and 1year old at the same time. They both loved it and it kept their attention. Easy book to read and pictures are great.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Is Gerald Losing Piggie?   On this particular day, Gerald is talking to Snake.  The two are alone because Piggie, Gerald’s best friend, is spending the day playing with Brian Bat, Snake’s best friend.  At first, both of them think it is nice because their best friends are so much fun.  But then they start to worry.  What if their best friends are having more fun without them?  Will they lose their best friends?   Yes, there is an important lesson to learn here about friendship, but it is wrapped in the usual fun and laughter that Gerald and Piggie bring us.  The reactions of Gerald and Snake as they start to worry are over the top and funny as a result.  The resolution is so very sweet.  My only complaint here is with Brian and Bat.  He really looks more like a rabbit to me.  Even with Mo’s stylized illustrations, this is a first for me.   But that’s minor.  This book will please Gerald and Piggie’s many fans, young and old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago