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My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant & Piggie #21)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  1,694 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
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.

In My New Friend Is So Fun! Piggie is having so much fun with her new friend. But where does that leave Gerald?
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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Mark Baker
Jul 22, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, picture-book
When Piggie starts hanging out with Brian the Bat, Gerald and Snake worry that their best friends will not want to be friends with them any more. Do they have something to worry about?

Those familiar with the Elephant and Piggie picture book series will be delighted with the latest entry. There is a lesson here, but it is never preachy. Instead, we get some laughs and fun as we watch Gerald and Snake overreact. Plus there's the warm ending. My only complaint, and it is minor, is that Brian really
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Soplada
Mar 20, 2016 Soplada rated it it was amazing
Woa, I liked this a lot... everytime I read children books I realise how much they are for adults as well.
we share the same emotions, and jealous is one of them.. two friends are afraid of their best friends new best friends and are about to tell them to 'Stop Having Fun' to be surbrised that they've been thinking about them while having fun.. :D
Linda
Aug 01, 2014 Linda added it
I just can't get enough of Elephant and Piggie. I marvel as to how Willems keeps coming up with new ideas. This latest entry into the series explores a common worry children have about their friends finding a new friend they might like better. Willems explore this topic with his usual charm and fun. Kudos to the author for yet another book that will be a winner with kids and their parents.
Jocelin
Apr 29, 2016 Jocelin rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A sweet book about the sometimes scary feeling of letting a friend be friends with others.
Heidi-Marie
Not my favorite E&P as far as humor and being able to act this one out. However, it is fabulous in showing us (especially kids) that we can have lots of friends (good ones, too) and not worry about other friends taking us away from the friendships that already exist. Because then they aren't really a good friend, are they?

12/2/15 Used in my Things We Love at the Holidays: Friends theme. Was going to use I Will Surprise My Friend, but still haven't figured out what to do with the simultaneous
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The Styling Librarian
My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems – All Ages – How does he do it? Loved once again. So I loved this book because I knew it would be a book addressing that fear/worry about your close friend making other friends and leaving you behind… how Mo perfectly pulled this book off? It is Mo Willems, that is how. Loved loved loved… If all friends could balance off one another like Gerald and Piggie it would be lovely. *I loved that there were FOUR voices in this book and when my son and I read it alo ...more
Alicia Scully
Gerald and Snake are happy to know that Piggie and Brian Bat have finally met and they're hanging out, but then they worry that they may no longer want to be friends with them. As with all other Elephant and Piggie books, there's so much humor here and this is definitely a fear that children will have about making friends and keeping old friends. I love seeing new characters in Gerald and Piggie's world and I am so thankful that this series is continuing so well. Wonderful for read-alouds.
Debbie Jo
Catching up with Gerald and Piggie as they explore the idea of friendship. Can you have a best friend and still have other friends? This is an issue that many of my students deal with - friendship. What does it mean to be a friend? Is it ok if your friend does not always play with you at recess? Do you have to like and do everything that your friend does? Love the Elephant & Piggie series!
June
Dec 24, 2014 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elephant & piggie fans and friendship requests
Recommended to June by: capitolchoices.org
This Elephant & Piggie deals with worries when a best friend makes a new friend. What if that new friend is too much fun?
Georgia Vallee
Jun 22, 2015 Georgia Vallee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Elephant and Piggie and new to the bookshelves since I last worked with young children - love them! Great character education lessons!
Judy Jablonski
Jul 07, 2016 Judy Jablonski rated it really liked it
Still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series, this one isn't my favorite but it tells a very nice story.
Kim
Jun 04, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
LOVE!
Laurie
Dec 27, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Levi
Jan 20, 2017 Levi rated it really liked it
This was a fast read with the 1st graders today. The story was simple and the illustrations are simplistic yet convey emotion well! They enjoy seeing the emotion played out by each character. In addition, I appreciated how the author also creates opportunities to have good conversations which students about friendship and being a good friend. This is a great way to guide them when they are young.
Erin O'sullivan
Nov 22, 2016 Erin O'sullivan rated it really liked it
Mo Willems does such an excellent job of portraying emotion and funny plot with easy vocabulary, simple sentences and energetic illustrations.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Elephant & Piggie are so fun! They speak to my soul. It's so amazing to find friends like Elephant & Piggie.
Kathleen
Dec 02, 2016 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Sweet story about friendship and best friendship
Joshua Jenkins
Jan 18, 2017 Joshua Jenkins rated it really liked it
Another great selection from the Elephant and Piggie series! The over-the-top emotional outbursts are laugh-out-loud funny. You can't go wrong with any title in this series. Highly recommended!
Jessica Simmons
Oct 10, 2016 Jessica Simmons rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! I like how it shows that you can have many friends. Even though your best friend may become friends with someone else, they are still your friend.
Alexander Lee
Dec 28, 2016 Alexander Lee rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because I like Elephant and Piggie books. I also enjoyed this book because it was fun.
Colleen
Mar 03, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lis-510, easy-readers
My New Friend Is So Fun! is part of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series, which is a series of easy readers that uses simple yet expressive drawings to convey a short story with easy-to-read words and a lot of fun. Like the other books in this series, My New Friend Is So Fun! includes a genuine emotional progression, expressed through a variety of font sizes within the characters' colorful speech bubbles as well as a variety of exaggerated/humorous expressions on the characters' faces/shown th ...more
Heather Janulewicz
My New Friend Is So Fun!
By: Mo Willems
Today I am going to read My New Friend Is So Fun! By Mo Willems. What does the title make you think this story is probably about? How many of you like making new friends? I like making new friends, and the older I get, the more interesting new friends can be! Let’s talk about the characters that you see on the front cover. Do they look happy? What are they doing that tells you that they are enjoying each other? Does anyone notice two other characters? What i
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Mon Maryum
Dec 22, 2016 Mon Maryum rated it it was ok
I am always jealous of people who can make others' have a better time than I could
Jacki
Jan 28, 2016 Jacki rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Opening:
Today we’re reading an Elephant and Piggie story! It’s called “My New Friend Is So Fun!” by Mo Willems. Do you remember some of the other stories we have read by Mo Willems? Do you remember the other Elephant and Piggie stories we have read? [Children respond]. So we know that Gerald can be a little nervous sometimes and sometimes he overreacts. Let me read you this page from the book before we start. [Reads, but does not show pictures for pages 22 and 23 (If they are having that much fu
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Harley Stine
Oct 20, 2014 Harley Stine rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Brian Bat and Snake are best friends. One day Piggie and Brian Bat have a play date and have a ton of fun. Gerald and Snake then worry that their best friends have found new best friends. They worry the duo could be having too much fun. They bother the pair while they play. Brian Bat and Piggie draw pictures of their best friends. Gerald and Snake are both very worried and are prepared for the worst. Brian Bat and Piggie then reveal that they drew pictures of ...more
Dolly
Aug 10, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
Shelves: childrens, humor, 2014
Yay! Another Elephant and Piggie story! We read them as soon as we can get them at our local library. We just love these books and our girls love to play the different parts.

Since this story depicts Elephant and Piggie meeting new friends, there were extra parts for our girls to play. I thoroughly enjoyed geting to sit back and listen to our girls read the book to me. I love how Mo Willems includes lots of varying volumes and enthusiasm in his dialogue and I was so impressed how our girls used
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Venus
Feb 03, 2015 Venus rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

Gerald and Piggie are best friends. At first, he isn't too worried when Piggie makes a new friend. But what happens if Piggie becomes better friends with them and not Gerald? What if Piggie likes them better? What if--

Another solid Piggie & Elephant book that deals with the complex subject of fear, worry, jealousy and friendships in a simple and funny manner. I heard someone once refer to this series as morality tales and although that may be th
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Becky
Nov 25, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014reviews
I love Gerald. I love Piggie. I love Mo Willems. This is the twenty-first book starring Piggie and Gerald. I did enjoy it. How could I not enjoy it? I couldn't imagine not loving a book starring my favorite pig and favorite elephant.

In this addition to the series, Piggie becomes friends with Brian Bat, and Gerald becomes friends with Snake. Gerald and Snake are talking. They become worried, very, very worried. The more they talk, the more they think, the more they think, the more anxious and ex
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Adriana Rodriguez
Jun 08, 2016 Adriana Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
This wonderful book starts out with Gerald and Worm together, while Piggie and Bat are off hanging out. Gerald and Worm begin to wonder if Piggie and Bat are having too much fun without them. They got so worried about losing their best friends, they rushed to go find them to break up the fun. When they found Piggie and Bat, they said they made best friend pictures. This seemed to hurt Gerald and Worm's feelings, but then Piggie showed a painting of Gerald and Bat showed a painting of Worm. The m ...more
Russell
Sep 13, 2015 Russell rated it really liked it
Jealousy, insecurity, the innate need to belong - another dive into the ugly miasma of the psyche by Mo Willems.

The snake, previously introduced in Can I Play Too?, sells it. He sells the hell out of it. As with most Mo Willems books, overblown visible reactions is the name of the game. And the snake manages to put on a performance worthy of the late John Ritter, despite his lack of limbs. (view spoiler)
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