64 pages, 9.25 × 6.75 × 0.32 in
June 3, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423109619
ISBN - 13: 9781423109617
About the Book
Willems's series about the friendship between an optimistic--and sometimes reckless--pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant named Gerald continues. Piggie can't wait to show Gerald her new toy, but will an accidentally broken toy break a friendship? Full color.
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.
InI Love My New Toy!, Piggie can't wait to show Gerald her brand new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?
About the Author
Mo Willems 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;Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct.He also wroteToday I will Fly!,My Friend Is Sad,There Is a Bird on Your Head,andI Am Invited to a Party!,the first books in this series.
In classic Willems style, the characters' expressions and body language carry both stories, with the deceptively simple line art saying far more than the slight, though whimsical, texts. When Gerald accidentally breaks Piggie's new toy, he is by turns ashamed, chagrined, and apologetic. Piggie is mad, sad, and finally embarrassed (a squirrel shows them that the "broken toy" is of the "break-and-snap" variety). The pals then decide that playing together is more fun than playing with a toy anyway. In the second title, the two watch a squirrel surprise a friend by jumping out from behind a rock. Mischievous Gerald and Piggie then plan together how to "surprise" one another in the same way. They sit behind opposite sides of a large stone and wait to be surprised. And wait. And wait. And worry. Savvy readers will know exactly what happens when each friend thinks that the other has left. These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse easy-reader and picture-book audiences, alike.-SLJ