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You Will Be My Friend! (Lucy)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,472 ratings  ·  194 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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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
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
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
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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
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
James Son
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
Chelsea Cameron
Lucy the Bear has decided that it is time for her to meet some new friends, but unexpectedly, it is much harder than she anticipated. This story follows Lucy the bear through her many adventures in the forest to complete her hunt. The illustrations from page to page are so funny and really made the book so great. Lucy finds herself getting very furious when her task becomes nearly impossible and she is on edge of possibly giving up. Lucy eventually meets some friends by the end of the book and t ...more
Claire Macugay
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.
Mrs. Severson
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!
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
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.
I know this is supposed to be a children's book, but you definitely need to be a bit older to get the sarcasm in the book. I loved the illustrations in this book. Lucy, a young bear, is determined to make some friends in the forest. Her forceful personality is preventing her from doing so in the way she wants, and nothing seems to be going her way. She tries to befriend frogs, rabbits, a giraffe, and a beaver, though she shies away from befriending little kids. She has almost completely given up ...more
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.
Author Peter Brown says,
"Over the years, I've learned three important lessons about making new friends.
Lesson 1: Always be yourself.
Lesson 2: New friends appear when you least expect it.
Lesson 3: Do not scream, "you WILL be my friend!" at people.
Trust me, that never works."

These three lessons are illustrated in the most charming way through a sweet little bear named Lucy who wants desperately to make a friend today. We've all known that kid who can be a bit abrasive in their approach, but gen
That bear looks scary. I'm afraid of what might happen if I refuse her offer for friendship.
A book about making friends.
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
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
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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
Corena Fitch
"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
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
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
Bridget R. Wilson
Lucy of Children Make Terrible Pets is back. This time her goal is not a pet but a friend. She is certain she can find one friend in the forest. As you can imagine, many of the animals aren't excited about being forced to be friends with Lucy. Lucy tries. She really does, but to no avail.

What I thought: It's nice to see Lucy again. I thought her first book was hilarious. (A side note, I tried to use Children Make Terrible Pets in preschool story time, and it didn't go over well. I think the book
If you try to hard to make a friend, you won't be able to, because friends find each other naturally. Lucy, is one determined bear though, and her attempts to make a bond with others makes this a very funny story. She tries to be like the other animals, going so far as to even dress like them, tries to talk to them, but clearly does not understand them, and ends up annoying others by not realizing she is being inconsiderate. Her cheerful and dedicated attitude is commendable though. The art styl ...more
Like the style of illustration done in panels with cartoon balloons. Lucille wants a friend and is off to the forest where she says there are lots of critters to find that friend. Many critters she does encounter before finding a special friend and Lucille goes to great lenghts to make them be friends with her. I absolutely love the flamingos with the sun glasses! But, wait a minute I just said I loved the flamingos and they are not forest critters. I do object to the text saying Lucille is off ...more
Christopher Skelskey
Good book to teach children how to treat each other. It is a good talking point to begin on how to make friends. The kids really enjoyed the illustrations and they were able to easily make predictions as to what might happen and discuss empathy for the bear wanting friends.
Brown follows up his previous title Children Make Terrible Pets with a story that goes in a slightly different direction. One day Lucy, the tutu and bow-wearing bear, decides that today is the day to find a new friend. Unfortunately Lucy has a tendency to come on a little strong with the neighborhood animals. Her repeated attempts to befriend them just lead to problems and at last she despairs of ever finding a friend of her own . . . until a bow-tie wearing flamingo shows up as the answer to he ...more
This is one of a kind adorable. The illustrations are simple yet bold. You can see the emotions experienced by Lucy as she searched and tries to find a new friend. As an adult I enjoy this book and I can only imagine little ones will too.
I rather enjoyed this book. I liked the first book with the Lucy character and I found it amusing to see what sort of antics she got herself into this time. It was amusing to watch Lucy be nice to everyone and even though she had good intentions, she still managed to make a mess of the other animals and their habits/homes. Lucy wasn't trying to be a nuisance, she was simply trying to find a friend. It was a nice relief at the end to see she finally found someone. I was especially fond of the ill ...more
Ms Threlkeld
I adore Peter Brown's illustrative style and sense of humor. Kids will enjoy reading about all the ways Lucille struggles to make a new friend. The ending felt a bit abrupt, which is why I rated this book a 3 instead of a 4.
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