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You Will Be My Friend! (Lucy)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  3,669 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
Lucy wants to make a friend today!

But it's harder than it looks.

Will Lucy give up before she finds a friend?

Will YOU be Lucy's friend?
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 26, 2013 Corrina rated it really liked it
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This is a nice story about perseverance and dealing with frustration and how to make friends. Lucy starts off with a good idea–she decides to make a new friend, and thinks of all of the fun things that they can do together. Unfortunately, it’s harder than it sounds to make a friend who likes the same sorts of things that Lucy likes, and sometimes they like things that Lucy doesn’t like. When she gets frustrated at how hard it is to make a f
Ohhhhh, I was a Lucy. I did everything my teachers and parents told me would help me make friends, but I think I was just always a LITTLE too loud, and LITTLE too big, or a LITTLE too obnoxious for many people. But Lucy found a friend, and so have I. The art is fabulous, Lucy's expressions are RIGHT ON, and I always love a self-portrait for an author's picture in the back of the book.
Sarah Prekopa
Feb 02, 2012 Sarah Prekopa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
Lucy the bear has decided to make a new friend today. She sets off on many adventures in the forest to make this new comrade only to find it much more difficult than she expected. Becoming exasperated (some of my favorite illustrations,) she almost gives up but perseveres and accomplishes her goal in the end. This loving tale of friendship gives the reader both entertainment and a wonderful teachable moment. A teacher or parent reading this story to a child can help them see that making new frie ...more
Kim Zarins
Jan 07, 2014 Kim Zarins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This is a book kids will still enjoy even after they've switched to novels. It's just funny! Lucy is such a character. With her seagull-shaped eyebrows, square head, and squarish ideas of friendship, she bulldozes others in efforts to get a friend. Kids will enjoy her failures as much as root for her. As an added perk, this main character is a girl wearing a pink tutu, and yet boys will enjoy the story as much as the girls for Lucy's physicality and comic misunderstandings. I love it when she te ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
Lucy wakes up ready for adventure, and as she tells her mother, she plans to make a new friend today. But doing so is harder than it sounds. Things go awry quickly when she splashes out all the water in one potential friend's pond, and interrupts another's breakfast. As she tries to fit in with her possible friends, she becomes more and more frustrated; in fact, she even starts demanding that the animals she meets be her friend, a practice that sends them scurrying away as fast as possible. Just ...more
Claire Macugay
Oct 16, 2011 Claire Macugay rated it really liked it
This is quite a charming book. I chose it because, of course, many people throughout my life have called me Claire Bear so I thought the bear on the cover was fitting for me. Lucy is a quirky square bear kind of like me. Her character made me chuckle, especially the part where she's trying to wash the skunk's smell away and asking the ostrich how it feels to fly. I like the meaning though, because it's about finding good people in your life when you least expect it.
Sep 28, 2011 SevieReads rated it it was amazing
Read this to a kindergarten group today. Funny voices? check. Good pictures? check. Lots of laughter from the audience? check.

This is a perfect read aloud. I loved the mom's voice and character in the story... Peter Brown got that exactly right.

I added a few repetitions to Lucy's speech. Built up the excitement of a frantic five year old bear.

Bring on more perfect read alouds like this one!
Feb 05, 2016 Zaz rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I found the 1st full of humor and cute, but in this one, our bear-girl was overacting a little too much. Some of her mistakes while trying to befriend other animals were not particularly funny or charming or cute, so I didn't really enjoy the story. Luckily, the art was really good so it was pleasant to look at the pages.
Mar 23, 2012 Lorna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, humor
I'm definitely late arriving on the "Peter Brown is awesome" bandwagon. Lucille, you crack me up! Lucille is having a hard time finding a friend where she can be her self despite her best efforts. Spot on illustrations paired with laugh out loud funny text make this a great read aloud.
Jo Whittemore
Sep 18, 2011 Jo Whittemore rated it really liked it
Decided to give this one a try after hearing so much about it from Mr. Schu Reads. Very sweet and funny story with laugh out loud illustrations, my favorite being the annoyed ostrich. Good for helping a little one understand the boundaries of friendship.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Lucy is back and she is looking for a friend. But will her enthusiasm get in her way to finding that perfect friend. This is a "makes me giggle" not just smile book.
Nov 29, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it
A book about making friends.
Nov 23, 2011 Natalie rated it liked it
That bear looks scary. I'm afraid of what might happen if I refuse her offer for friendship.
Oct 25, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing
Love it! I *am* that bear. :)
Jennifer Strong
Jan 16, 2017 Jennifer Strong rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2017
Sometimes it's hard to make friends, and Lucy the bear learns that she can't force anyone to befriend her. A cute story that just about everyone can relate to. Great artwork and a happy ending make this book a worthwhile read.
Jan 17, 2017 Courtney added it
Shelves: animals, friends, bears
A funny book about finding and making friends. Great for preschoolers because they know this is not how you make friends.
Lindsey Opritza
When reading You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown I feel could be used in an elementary or middle school setting. Young children would be able to relate because their brain is still learning how things work, such as making new friends. For younger students teachers can teach students that not every person you will click with and that is okay. For middle school kids they are at an age where they are finding out who they are as a person and can sometimes feel alone because they feel they don't fit ...more
Abby Yoder
Sep 28, 2016 Abby Yoder rated it liked it
This book was so funny it made my day when I read it because she was like your going to be my friend whether you like it or not then someone finally came along and just wanted to be her friend. Which reminded me a lot of Clifford because of how different he is.
James Son
Nov 18, 2014 James Son rated it it was amazing
One day, Lucy, who is a bear, decided she was going to make a friend. She got all excited and told her mom. Her mom was also happy for her, but asked Lucy how she was going to do it. Lucy told her mom that there were so many critters that one should at least be her friend. Lucy was super happy, so she began her search. The first critter she met was some frogs, but as she tried to play, she ended up messing up. Next was a giraffe, but she ended up messing that one too. She kept on trying, but she ...more
Oct 27, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! by Peter Brown features the exuberant Lucy the bear who is determined that today she WILL make a friend - come Hell or high water!

Lucy leaves her home determined to make a friend, but things keep going wrong. When she tries to swim with the frogs in their small pond, she drains the pond and scatters the frogs. Lucy climbs directly into the giraffe's breakfast trying to introduce herself. Lucy tries to clean the smell off a skunk, tries to discuss flight with an ostrich, st
Sarah D
Oct 15, 2014 Sarah D rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2014
Some might not count short children’s books towards their reading goals, but I do. Hey, some of the other reading material I’ve finished this year have more than 400 pages, so I think it all evens out. One of my favorite children’s picture books I read this year was Peter Brown’s You Will Be My Friend!


Lucy, the title character, is desperately looking for a friend. And she will try anything to make a new friend. She goes to all the other animals in the forest and attempts to enjoy
Miss Ryoko
Oct 14, 2013 Miss Ryoko rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Peter Brown... I love you! I worship the ground you walk on! Well...not literally as you live in New York and I'm no where near New York, but you get the gist ;-)

I was so excited to find another book with Lucy in it. I LOVED Children Make Terrible Pets and this one was just as fantastic! Lucy definitely reminds me a little bit of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She is great! There were so many parts that I loved so much... but I think I laughed the loudest at this part (the
Hannah Fjeld
You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture Book
Estimate of age level of interest: preK-2
Estimate of reading level: F&P level J, grade level 1-2

Brief description: Lucy, a boisterous young bear, sets out to make a new friend. However, things don’t quite go her way and she exhausts herself trying to be friends with a great variety of creatures, often with humorous results.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre an
Friendship lessons.
Michelle McBeth
Jun 04, 2015 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
SUMMARY: Lucille Bear has decided to make a new friend. She figures it will be easy. She tries one animal in the forest after another. But each time she is met with problems. First she doesn't understand how to play properly with some of the animals. Then she tries to be helpful and to fit in by doing what the other animals do, but Lucy either scares the animals or she doesn't feel comfortable. Next she tries to get pushy. Final she gets frustrated and sulks. When she least expects it, a perfect ...more
Haley Altizer
Feb 22, 2015 Haley Altizer rated it liked it
You Will Be My Friend, is a great book for younger readers. The book talks about how hard it is to find a friend sometimes but in the end if you just be yourself it’s easier. Throughout the book it shows how Lucille goes from creature to creature trying to fit in, but no matter what it just does not look good for her. When she finally gives up with trying to fit with everyone else, she makes a new friend. I think this is an important message to kids because people should just accept you the way ...more
Karissa Fankhauser
Sep 28, 2015 Karissa Fankhauser rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
You Will Be My Friend is a story about finding true friendship and figuring out what it takes to be a good friend. Lucy the bear leaves her house one morning full of excitement about finding a best friend. However, as the day goes on, readers see Lucy's excitement turn to desperation, and then to disappointment as she realizes that no one wants to be her friend. Once she learns that she's better off being herself rather than becoming like everyone else, she finds a best friend in an unlikely cre ...more
Corena Fitch
Feb 21, 2012 Corena Fitch rated it really liked it
"You Will Be My Freind" is a story of an eager bear,Lucy, who wakes up excited one morning, declaring, "MOM! I've decided to make a new friend today!" Lucy is determined to find a friend and looks all over the forest for one. She tries desprately to befriend many different animals, but each time something goes wrong and it just doesn't work out. At the end Lucy is about to give up and has stopped trying so hard, when suddenly someone asks her to be their friend. Lucy is estatic. The book has an ...more
Heather Broughton
Feb 23, 2012 Heather Broughton rated it it was amazing
Peter Brown has done it again, he has written an absolutely hilarious childrens book with illustrations that make it that much more enjoyable. Lucille is a bear who wakes up one day telling her mother that she WILL make a friend today. Her mother, not so sure about Lucille's confidence humors her and goes along with this mission. As the story goes on Lucille comes across many animals and tries to conform to their characteristics to make them like her, but not knowing much about these animals, sh ...more
Julia Jasztal
Jan 25, 2013 Julia Jasztal rated it liked it
Mommy's review from 12/11/11 -

I don't know how I didn't recognize the similarities but I didn't realize that we'd read another book by Peter Brown with Lucy in it, Children Make Terrible Pets. After seeing that on the back inside flap, along with Brown's other books, I remembered it and asked Julia if she did. She wasn't sure but I do remember that we both liked it. We liked these both enough that I'll check out Brown's other, non-Lucy books, in the near future.
I like the unique style and illus
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Peter has always loved telling stories. Growing up in New Jersey, he told stories by drawing whimsical characters and scenes from his imagination. Then, as a teenager, he fell in love with writing, and told his tales with words. While studying illustration at Art Center Coll
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