Dimensions: 64 pages, 9.25 × 6.75 × 0.5 in
Published: June 3, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423179587
ISBN - 13: 9781423179580
From the Publisher
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.
InMy New Friend Is So Fun!,Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?
About the Author
Mo Willems(www.pigeonpresents.com), a number oneNew York Timesbest-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (forDon''t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, andKnuffle 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 (forThere Is a Bird on Your Head!andAre You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (forWe Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!,andLet''s Go for a Drive!).Other favorites includeNaked Mole Rat Gets DressedandCity Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.
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