My Friend Is Sad (Elephant and Piggie Series)

My Friend Is Sad (Elephant and Piggie Series)

by Mo Willems


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423102977
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 56,268
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

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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My Friend Is Sad 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Mr_Clumsy More than 1 year ago
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...
YouthGPL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: This book is a great choice for beginning readers. Piggie notices her friend Gerald is sad and decides to try to cheer him up with a variety of costumes. Each time Gerald is momentarily cheered before growing sad again. Why aren't Piggie's attempts successful?The art consists of simple (yet very expressive) line drawings, and the text is all dialogue, making this book a fun read-aloud. My Friend is Sad is a sweet and funny depiction of true friendship. Definitely recommended! (Check out the other Elephant and Piggie books, too!)
eatcakes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My other favorite book to read aloud to my kids! These books are so sweet and honest and entertaining! The entire Elephant and Piggie series is adorable. My kids love them and I love for my kids to love them!
ffox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute but slightly insensitive. I really like Mo Willems' Pigeon series so I thought I would like this one. It is clever and has the same sort of simplistic artwork with repetitious wording which make it great for early readers. However, I was very put off by Elephant Gerald's depression. Something about it made me wonder if kids who have depression in their lives will relate or be repulsed. Although this may seem to be overreacting the epidemic of depression during the Middle School years causes me to be weary of anything in the primary years that may perpetuate this issue.
teaperson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple words, and a story that a kindergartener or preschooler can relate to. And which I can stand reading over and over without dying of boredom. My kids love it, too.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Using dialogue in bubbles and humorous illustrations of Piggie and Gerald, Willems masterfully captures an authentic exchange between friends. The movement and discovery of characters leaps from the page, and into your heart.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book about friends and how they interact. Elephant is sad; when his friend Piggie notices, he decides to do what he can to make Elephant happy. Piggie takes on a series of roles in his efforts. While Elephant's mood brightens a little bit each time, he still remains sad. He only truly cheers up when Piggie shows up as himself. He tells Piggie all about the things that he saw (not realizing that Piggie was all those things). Once he finishes the litany, the two friends sit down, content that they are together. This is a great book that talks about how friends can try to cheer each other up. It even includes a message about how being ourselves is enough, though it's subtle. I really enjoyed reading this to my kids, and we enjoyed finding the pigeon hanging out at the end cover.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy Readers are kinda a pain to deal with. You want to hold your kid's attention naturally (they won't want to read a boring book, and who can blame them?) while teaching them something, and you want them to want to read the book again. Reading a book more than once increases their understanding. (Plus, you probably don't have enough cash to buy enough books for your kid to read them each one time only.)This is a tough sell. Kids don't want to read "books" that are nothing but thinly done excuses for teaching "-at" words, or practicing their first Dolch list. They want to read literature! Not baby books! And you're holding them back! (And then they open up literature and get frustrated. You just can't win.)Well, forget all that. Elephant and Piggie is your solution.These books are definitely easy. They have few words, and a lot of repetition of the words they have. (They're told in (very funny) dialog, and for humor one character often repeats another's sentence verbatim. "There is a bird on your head." "There is a bird on my head???")But they're also FUNNY. I'm a grown-up, I see these jokes telegraphed a mile away, and I still crack up reading them.And the illustrations! Just enough to help the cautious reader... but not so detailed that the reader can depend entirely on them to tell the story. No, you have to read the words.These books are wildly funny, and they're educational. Your kid will read them to tatters. What more can you ask?My favorite part of this book has to be Elephant's utter desolation after the robot incident. Or maybe Piggie's blatant breaking of the fourth wall when she realizes what a doofus her best friend is. Gerald is bemoaning the fact that Piggie was not there to see "A FUNNY FUNNY CLOWN!" (she was, in fact, the clown trying to cheer Gerald up), and the look Piggie gives the reader is utterly priceless. (Maybe I just love how sweet it is that what is making Gerald sad is the fact that his best friend was not there to see these awesome things. It's like The Gift of the Magi, but with more cardboard box robots!)
eputney87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary- Elephant is sad. His friend Pig dresses up in all sorts of costumes to try and make Elephant happy again. It is not until Pig takes off the costumes and realizes Pig is with him that he becomes happy again. Strength- ComprehensiveSo many beginning readers have dull story lines. This early reader is full of emotion and has a story that makes you wonder what is going to happen next. It emphasizes that the purpose of reading is to understand. Kids who are reading this book are not just decoding words but reading for meaning and working to understand the story. Use for Kids- This book could be used during an emotion unit for kids to read independently or in small groups. It is a fun book that kids could practice their fluency on and read over and over too.
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gerald the elephant is sad and it's up to Piggie to cheer him up. He pretends to be a cowboy, a clown and a robot, but still Gerald is sad. In the end it seems that all Gerald needed to feel happy again was to be with his best friend, Piggie! Elephant and Piggie--A new series from Willems appealing to the very new reader with a quirky sense of humor...
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elephant is continuously sad as Piggie keeps trying to make him happy by dressing as his favorite characters: a cowboy, a clown, a robot. But nothing makes Elephant happy until Piggie, himself, comes and asks what's wrong. Then Elephant is happy because he missed his friend. I love the last line from Piggie, "You need new glasses." Lol A great book for the early childhood classroom and humor that I think would reach into early elementary.
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite children books that I have ever come across. The pig see's that his friend, the elephant, is sad and does everything he can to cheer him up by dressing in ridiculous outfits. The elephant does not realize its his friend and stays sad until his friend shows up without a costume on.
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elephant is sad and Pig keeps dressing up to entertain him. What fun is a robot or a cowboy if your best friend isn't there to see it too?Easy ReaderThese books are so great. Mo Willems makes the most simple premise into a well timed emotional punchline. This one for instance just floored me the first time I picked it up at Powell's. Who would have seen that coming?Of course kids love Willems. He speaks their language, and this slightly more emotionally mature take on his whimsical world is perfect for new readers ready for some context.
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booklovingmom More than 1 year ago
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!
avid_reader1590 More than 1 year ago
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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MarmaladeRiver More than 1 year ago
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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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!