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Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight

Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight

by Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole (Illustrator)

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Best friends Gigi and Lulu are like two peas in a pod. They do everything the same, like wear pink striped overalls, and bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch — until one day, they have a gigantic fight.

So when their teacher announces Twin Day, a special day of matching, everyone is thrilled. Everyone except Gigi and Lulu. These former best


Best friends Gigi and Lulu are like two peas in a pod. They do everything the same, like wear pink striped overalls, and bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch — until one day, they have a gigantic fight.

So when their teacher announces Twin Day, a special day of matching, everyone is thrilled. Everyone except Gigi and Lulu. These former best friends are not even speaking to each other ...

Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole introduce an adorable new duo and share a gentle lesson about friendship and resolving conflicts.

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Publishers Weekly
Intense friendships are a fixture of childhood but suppressing one's individuality is never a good idea, as Gigi the pig and Lulu the mouse discover. All the adults chuckle over the many ways the two gal pals are "peas in a pod" (they eat the same lunch, accessorize their identical outfits with blue tail bows and spotted yellow shoelaces). But when Gigi knocks down Lulu's block house, the friendship crumbles in an instant, and no urging from grownups helps ("Give each other a hug and make up," says their teacher, a goose). Until "Twin Day" at school, when everyone except Lulu and Gigi comes dressed as their favorite peer, and the pig and mouse have an epiphany. "We do some things the same," Gigi realizes. "But we like lots of things different. I guess we're not like two little peas in a pod after all." "No," says Lulu. "But I think that's okay." Longtime collaborators Edwards and Cole (Some Smug Slug) may not be peas in a pod, either, but they are the definition of simpatico. Edwards's empathetic, economic writing is just the right match for the sly observations that animate Cole's anthropomorphism (Gigi's hog father reads The New Porker). The didacticism may be more bald-faced here than in the team's previous efforts, but their virtuosity makes the message go down easy. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Gigi and Lulu are the best of friends, as different as they may appear. For Gigi is a rather large but charming anthropomorphic young pig, while Lulu is a small and equally appealing mouse. They enjoy doing everything together, from dressing alike to eating the same lunches. But one day they have such a terrible argument that they promise never to speak to each other again, despite the protests of family and friends. When their teacher announces a "Twin Day" for students to choose a special person to dress like and stay with all day, both Gigi and Lulu decide not to participate. So their teacher tells them just to dress in their favorite clothes and bring their favorite lunches. They do not do the same things, surprising each other by their differences. But they also realize that they can differ on some things, agree on others, and still be "best friends." The simple story brings humor to a useful lesson on a common childhood experience. Equally simple ink and watercolor paintings clearly portray the girls' changing emotions. In vignettes and full-page scenes Cole keeps the visual narrative flowing by eliminating all but the essential details, making it easy to empathize with the pair and their problem. 2004, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Gigi and Lulu, a mouse and a piglet, are best friends. They wear matching clothes, take the same lunches to school, and are "like two peas in a pod." One day, when Gigi knocks over Lulu's house of blocks, they have a fight and refuse to make up. On Tuesday, their teacher announces "Twin Day"-when friends can dress alike and bring identical lunches-and Gigi and Lulu refuse to participate because they are too angry with one another. They arrive at school on the designated day and are surprised to find how much their preferences differ. They don't have the same favorite outfit or food. They do, however, have the same favorite "green sneakers with spotted yellow laces." In the end, they decide that it's OK for friends to like different things as long as they have some things in common. Although this tale has an important theme, maintaining individuality within best friendship, the fight seems a bit trumped up so that the author can make her point rather than a logical part of the story. Cole's vivid and often humorous watercolor illustrations depict a likable cast of animals engaged in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. The characters' expressive faces clearly convey a wide range of emotions. Despite the inconsistency of the gigantic fight with the rest of the story, this is an appealing book about friendship.-Kelley Rae Unger, Peabody Institute, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A new pair of characters portrays a realistic preschool concern with a certain amount of charm and subtle wisdom. Best friends Gigi and Lulu do everything together, mirroring their choices in clothes, school lunches, and play interests until the day Lulu's block house gets knocked down; they vow never to speak to each other again, both convinced that the other is to blame.Neither parents nor teacher can help them reconcile their feelings, but after being paired for "twins day" at school, encouraged to wear clothes they like best, and bring their own favorite lunch, the two realize their individual tastes and form a healthy mutual respect that allows them to be best friends again. Cole's typically lively drawings show a variety of animals and stress the concept of differences as the large porcine character of Gigi interacts with the small rodent personality of Lulu. Inserts with cutout puppet figures for Gigi Pig and Lulu Mouse come with a suggestion card on ways to help children cope with and resolve conflicts. (Picture book. 3-5)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Ages 4 - 7
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack’s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.

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