You Will Be My Friend! [NOOK Book]

Overview

Today is the day the exuberant Lucy is going to make a new friend! But she finds it's harder than she had thought--she accidentally ruins the giraffe's breakfast and is much too big for the frogs' pond. Just when she's about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her, and loves her just the way she is.

This heartwarming story offers a unique and humor-filled spin on the ...
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Overview

Today is the day the exuberant Lucy is going to make a new friend! But she finds it's harder than she had thought--she accidentally ruins the giraffe's breakfast and is much too big for the frogs' pond. Just when she's about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her, and loves her just the way she is.

This heartwarming story offers a unique and humor-filled spin on the all-important themes of persistence and friendship.

This NOOK Kids Read and Play book features narration, animation and interactivity. Kids can choose to hear the story read aloud and play activities on select pages of the book. Animations replay with a simple tap. Plus, kids can tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on pictures.
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Finding friends shouldn't be so difficult. Ballet-loving bear Lucy is intent on finding a new buddy, but like many of this picture book's future readers, she isn't quite certain about how to seal the friendship deal. Her attempts land her in several embarrassing wildlife situations, but eventually a good-hearted animal fulfills her dream. With its playful illustrations, a gently instructive picture book.

Daniel Handler
I click with this book. Brown has pushed his style past its smoother beginnings, in books like Chowder and Flight of the Dodo, into a homemade hybrid of pencil and construction paper and even wood. Who knows how he does it, really? The appeal of You Will Be My Friend! is as deep a mystery as friendship, but I'm not interested in delving into its mysteries. I just want to take it to lunch.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Lucy the bear, who adopted a stubborn boy in Brown's Children Make Terrible Pets, tends to come on a little strong. She wakes up with an optimistic plan to find a pal—"the forest is crawling with fun critters. Surely one of them will want to be my friend," she tells her mother—and skips into the woods, wearing a pink tutu and an overeager grin. Brown's panels, framed by ironic wood-grain backdrops, show Lucy's overtures being rejected by a zoo's worth of fauna including a beaver, giraffe, and ostrich. Upon meeting a swarm of bees for "lunch," she runs away dripping with honey and calling, "Sorry I ate your house!" Lucy's only enthusiastic playmates are four human preschoolers, and even she feels overwhelmed by them. Like its predecessor, this outing features an earth-tone palette, pencil illustrations, cut-paper voice bubbles, and hand-lettered display type; Lucy's wilderness is thoroughly domesticated. Brown jokes about enforced companionship, yet doesn't abandon his heroine, acquainting her with a willing ally when things seem their grimmest. Readers won't miss the message that friendship is something that happens in its own time. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Lucy, the irrepressible, skirted and hair-ribboned young bear of Children Make Terrible Pets runs excitedly across the double title page from her bed calling her mom. In a speech balloon she declares that she will make a new friend today. She will look in the forest, "crawling with fun critters," sure that one will want to be her friend. Across the double page she happily dances. But nothing happens as she expects. Her jump into the pond splashes the frogs out. Encounters with a giraffe, skunk, and ostrich end badly, as do her attempts to "fit in" with a rabbit, beaver, kangaroo and fish. Something always goes wrong, particularly when some children arrive. Feeling hopeless, Lucy finally finds a friend, for a happy ending. Lucy is a bulky, doll-like creature who manages to express a wide range of emotions. The words of the text appear either in large, pink, rectangular speech balloons hand lettered, or set in blue rectangles. The humorous, a bit cartoonish illustrations are "rendered in pencil on paper, with cut construction paper and wood and a wee bit of digital tweaking." The lesson on making friends is both amusing and clear. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Lucy, the bear who tried to adopt a boy in Children Make Terrible Pets (Little, Brown, 2010), is on the hunt for a new friend. While she searches the forest, speech bubbles capture her fervent anticipation: "We're going to do cartwheels! And climb trees! And have picnics! And have a dance party!" A frog invites her to play, but Lucy's overzealous belly flop empties out the pond. She dryly comments, "Things didn't work out." Bees invite Lucy to lunch, but she ends up eating their hive. Brown's quirky wood-grain-bordered illustrations show the cub's over-the-top tactics to fit in, from squeezing down a rabbit hole to gnawing tree trunks beside a beaver. After all of her overtures are rebuffed, she resorts to threats: "Come back here and have fun with me!" "You won't get any snacks unless you start liking me RIGHT NOW." When Lucy finally relaxes her approach, a flamingo pal comes her way. Readers will be won over by this witty, slapstick story of friendship found.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316214421
  • Publisher: \
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read and Play
  • Sales rank: 150,806
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • File size: 39 MB
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Meet the Author


Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Cutest Book Ever!:)

    It was so cute how Lucy really wants to make a new friend:)
    My 7- year old loves this story!!!!!She reads it to me in all sots of different voices at nightime.Anyway its a really fun and exciting book. I would personaly recomend it to ANY 5-8 year old!!!!!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    LUCY IS SO FUNNY

    I really liked this one, Lucy the Bear is so funny. She tells everyone that they should be friends with her even though they don't want to be friends with her... but I WOULD BE FRIENDS WITH LUCY!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    A good lesson book

    I bought this book for my 4 year old son. He enjoys the illustrations and understands the message. He can't force people to be his friend. Glad I bought it.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Lucy is awesome

    We'd be happy to be her friend!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Not recommended - story & book boring, doesn't read well

    I read this to my 3 yr old daughter - she didn't seem interested. The pictures are cute, but the story is kind of hard to read (see if you can view a pic of a page) as it's not written as a normal story in paragraphs, but what the characters say in word balloons. I would not recommend this, I would suggest other books for a better story. We actually returned the book.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Really nice book

    Just got this book for my Nook to read to my grandson.
    He loves it and so do I.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    charming story

    really sweet story, my granddaughter enjoys this one a lot, especially the flamingos !!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Not for iPad!

    I don't have a Nook color, just the app on my iPad. I didn't realize this would not work without the actual Nook Color. I never would have spent 6.99 on this had I read the fine print. I love the story and wanted to share it with my children.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Cute story

    An okay kids' book for little ones 1 - 3. Odd narration, by a man who doesn't "do" girl voices.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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