My New Friend Is So Fun!

Willems, Mo

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
My New Friend Is So Fun!
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Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 148064045X
9781480640450
1423179587
9781423179580
Characteristics: 57 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.

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Jan 14, 2015
  • ksoles rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"My New Friend is So Fun" contains everything readers have come to love about Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie series: appropriate pacing, fun colour-coded speech bubbles, animated body language and humourous but sensitive text. Unfortunately, this one falls short in its conclusion.

When Snake tells Gerald of Piggie's playdate with Brian Bat, Gerald responds with acceptance: "Brian is nice." But their mutual reflection that Piggie and Brian “must be having a super-duper fun time!” soon turns to paranoia when they realize that maybe their best pals don't need them anymore. The pair rush to put an end to the fun and find out that Piggie and Brian have been playing "best friend games” which, it turns out, means making drawings of their respective best friends, Gerald and Snake. Cue the cheesy music.

While the buildup to the friends’ confrontation shows off Willems's characteristic comedy, the story's resolution feels anticlimactic and unrealistic. Willems teaches the value of making new friends but how many young children, when playing with a new pal, are likely to spend their time thinking of the friends that they are not playing with?

Aug 22, 2014
  • kimrae rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoy the work of Mo Willems. There is always a special meaning in the book, and one can find themselves acutally in the book going through the situation - we have all been there. Great illustrations. A keeper.

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Jul 22, 2014
  • green_elephant_662 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

green_elephant_662 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 10

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