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I Love My New Toy! (Elephant & Piggie #5)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  3,771 ratings  ·  225 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 I 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?
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Disney-Hyperion
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Early readers can be such a pain. They have to be easy to read, so they include a lot of very short, repetitititive sentences. I bet you can quote Dick and Jane here: See Spot. See Spot run. Run, Spot, run! Run, run, run! Short, easy to read, lots of practice with those three words... and boring as HECK. Who wants to read that more than once?

Or they do the same thing, but with rhyming: See the cat. The cat is fat. The fat cat sat. Sat on the mat. The fat cat sat on the mat. See the rat!

Ye gods.
So funny! I love how Mo Willems is able to convey so much emotion with just a few words and his wonderful illustrations. I'm not sure that this was my favorite of his works, though. I guess I wanted a tad more resolution on one point, and maybe some of you can help: do you think the elephant was being devious when he said "Maybe it is a throwing toy?" Because he looked rather devious when he suggested it, but then he seemed genuinely shocked when the toy broke. It seemed like the little pig had ...more
The Turkeybird Speaks: "Give me a minute...thanks! I needed a second to compose myself. The best part about this mom, reading it to me. She's amazing! If I could get her to read it over and over for hours every day I would, because it's great. Hold on, I think I might be able to get her to read it!...

"Hahaha! That was great, I mean really! You are missing out on life if you haven't read this, because if I'm not mistaken they have studies proving that laughter helps you live longer, rig
May 25, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
We love, love, love Mo Willems's stories and the Elephant and Piggie series is one of our favorites. The stories are very simple, with short dialogue on lots of pages, but the books depict a wide range of emotions and they are great for getting children to see the irony, but also learn how to read aloud with varied tones and emotions. We took turns reading the different parts and we really enjoyed reading it together.

This book was featured as one of the selections for the Toys themed reads for
Mo Willems continues his Elephant & Piggie first reader series featuring an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig & a cautious, pessimistic elephant. In I 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? (Goodreads Summary)

The illustrations are fun as always. My favorites include Piggy showing Gerald her toy, Gerald throwing the toy, the toy zooming toward the ground, the squirrel snapping the toy
Can't get better than this for storytime if you love drama! My favorite Elephant & Piggie book! Willems' comical and expressive illustrations illuminate his words. It's in the eyes, eyebrows, and facial expressions as well as the body language. It's in the text, which can be bolded one minute, with exclamation marks, then quiet and lowercase, or no comment at all. Vocabulary repetition is a teaching element within all the books in this series. Hard to pull off in a short book, with few words ...more
This was a very well written children’s book and had a very sound message. The pig gets a new toy that he loves very much so, and shows the elephant what his toy is. When the elephant plays with it he ends up breaking it. The pig and the elephant get in a big fight over the toy and no longer wish to be friends. A little critter comes along and shows the two that the toy is not broken and that is what the toy is supposed to do. They become friends again and realize that friendship is more importa ...more
Kendall has picked up a few Elephant Gerald and Piggie books at the library lately. There are short books with easy words and a slightly skewed way of teaching some sort of lesson about friendship. In this particular story Elephant breaks Piggie's new toy, which is actually supposed to break, and in the end they decide to play tag instead. Bizarre. But it gets five stars because this is the first book the my four year old read to me the entire way through, word for word. How awesome is that! We ...more
This is my son’s favorite Elephant & Piggie book. Elephant accidentally breaks Piggie’s new toy. Or did he?

There are many things I love about this series. Willems uses fonts very well. For example, as the volume of a character’s voice goes up, so the punctuation, capitalization and font size change. In addition, Willems italicizes any words he intends to be emphasized. In this particular book, he even has a way of showing that words cannot sufficiently describe how angry Piggie is. All these
Katherine Bryant
I Love My New Toy! is one of several books by Mo Willems about two characters named Elephant and Piggie. In this story, Piggie has a new toy and he does not know what it can do. Piggie allows Elephant to play with the toy, and Elephant throws the toy in the air, and allows it to land on the ground which causes the toy to break in half. Piggie because very upset and angry about his broken toy and expresses his feelings of anger towards Elephant which leaves both friends in tears until a s
Another wonderful Willems book that kept both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds fascinated. Not enough words to be even a reading level 1 book, Willems still has a way about him to bring the reader into his wonderful world. These books are ones my whole family loves. And a fellow friend on GR recently told me that the pigeon was hidden in each book and we now love to look for him too! Fun for all and a great addition to any children's library!
Crystal Marcos
This is a cute book great for toddlers. Simple humorous illustrations and story line. I like how the illustrations captured facial expressions. Being around toddlers on a daily basis, I can really relate to this book and so can the toddlers.

I discovered this book via the Children's Picture Book Club found here:
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Mo Willems is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors for picture books. His characters Piggie and Gerald are real; children can relate to them and see themselves in them. This story can help children process their feelings about a very common event—a friend breaking a toy—without being too preachy. Love the simple illustrations, easy to read text, and facial expressions of the characters. Great book!
Although I liked the lesson at the end of the story that friends are more important than toys, there were a few things that bothered me about this book. I really didn't like Gerald's out-of-character, villainous facial expressions while contemplating throwing Piggie's toy (page 9). In all of these books, Gerald and Piggie constantly make well-intentioned mistakes that they learn from with the reader, but this is one of the only stories in which Gerald is depicted as malicious. This violent side ...more
Love the addition of Squirrel: "You got a break and snap toy. Cool!"

It's amazing what emotions Mo can evoke with just two black ovals, a pig nose, and a line....
Having 2 boys who go through toys very quickly - I thought this was great and I am going to try it next year for my New Year's toy story time.
I own every book that Mo Willems has written. This book is wonderful for Speech and Language. Children can relate to the characters and Mo Willems highlights each characters voice with their characters colors. I use his books for Readers Theaters and the children enjoy playing each character. I can't wait for the latest book that comes out. Wonderfully written, engaging, allows for predictions, and easy for early readers to read. Mo Willems has the ability to create expressions that draw the rea ...more
Casey Brock
Reading level: K-1

Willems uses very child-like pictures to appeal to the audience. The elephant and pig are fairly small in comparsion to the page. There is a lot of white space which is espeically important for beginning readers. These young readers have a chance to let their eyes rest on the white space, but the repeating colors of the animals and the toy bring familiarity to the story. The text is different and neat in the sense that it is presented fully in word bubbles. Rather than use quo
Willems uses very child-like pictures to appeal to the audience. The elephant and pig are fairly small in comparsion to the page. There is a lot of white space which is espeically important for beginning readers. These young readers have a chance to let their eyes rest on the white space, but the repeating colors of the animals and the toy bring familiarity to the story. The text is different and neat in the sense that it is presented fully in word bubbles. Rather than use quotation marks, which ...more
Tanner Greyn
When Piggie lets Gerald play with her new toy, Gerald accidentally breaks the toy and their friendship is almost ruined. Reuniting after a squirrel fixes the toy, Gerald and Piggie realize that playing with each other is better than playing with a toy. Demonstrating classic childhood behavior, Willems has crafted a story that every child and adult can relate to. The emotions in the book put the reader on the edge as no one knows if Gerald and Piggie will remain best friends.
Elephant and Piggie are best friends and are always filled with drama! "I Love My New Toy! By Mo Willems is another great read!

Piggie gets a new toy and Elephant wants to play with it. Piggie eventually lets Elephant play with it and it breaks...Piggie becames mad and long story short--they become best friends again in the end.

I loved this book, because 1) Mo Willems is a Caldecott Honor-winning author who writers books that are easy for children to follow and understand. 2.) The stories are ba
Catherine Page
Oct 01, 2008 Catherine Page rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children just learning to read.
Shelves: easy-reader
In this wry, humorous, and touching story, Piggy shows his friend Elephant his new toy, and Elephant appears to break it. With a simple text (one to five words per page), and expressive line drawings Willems conveys the ups and downs of friendship, including the chagrin one feels when one has wrongly blamed a friend.

This is the sixth in Willems' easy reader series, and like the others it is able to communicate character, emotion, and plot with few words and simple cartoon-like illustrations. An
Another very nice book by Mo Willems. Piggy has a new toy. Which he loves. Elephant asks to play with it (although neither of them know what it does) and promptly breaks it. Piggy is very mad. And sad. Then they find out that it's not actually broken and both are relieved and a bit embarrassed. Elephant says very wisely that it's much more fun to play with Piggy than with toys anyway!
I will just give a generic review of this series.....We love them. They are so dang funny. It amazes me that with just a few pen strokes Willems can convey so many different emotions. The illustrations are hilarious and the story line is always entertaining. They are great books for reading out loud in dramatic ways. They're also great for kids wanting something to read on their own, or with a parent. Sometimes I'll read the Pig part (because I'm a girl) and my boys will read the Elephant part ( ...more
2008 January 1

Early readers are hard to write, and often hard for adults to read. They have to be simple, they rely on the pictures to carry struggling readers. But Willems is a genius and manages to bring something fun and fresh to the field. Fun even for an adult to read. Repeatedly.

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Brianna Lanier
This book is about a new toy that Piggie gets, and the lessons they learn from it.
Mo Willems is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors for children. I love the way his books are so simple, yet have strong morals.
An activity I would do: I would have the students pair up and create a new game.
12/1/11 I'm sure I've read this before--probably a couple of years back when I was first getting to know Willems' works and hadn't caught the genius of it all. Must read again.

1/25/12 Yep. I did read it. At least up until the toy broke. I don't remember the squirrel (which I loved). And I definitely read this before I got E&P and other Willems. I'm so glad I've come to understand and love them. My life would be such a sad thing without them. :-)

2/12/14 Used in my "Love" theme for Valentine's
Jill Pickle
Willems, author of the wildly popular Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, captivates early readers with two expressive best friends, Elephant and Piggie. They navigate the perils of friendship, a la Frog and Toad, in entertaining stories that use simple dialogue.
Becky B
Piggie has a new toy that she LOVES, even though she doesn't exactly know what it does. Piggie lets Gerald throw it - and horror of horrors - it breaks! Then Piggie gets mad at Gerald until a squirrel comes along and gives them a fresh perspective on the situation.

Any kid who has friends or siblings will at some time have to deal with conflict over toys. Hopefully, Piggie and Gerald can help kids learn that people are more important than toys and give parents a chance to talk with kids about hea
Jordan Bramblett
Out of all the children's story books I looked at in the library, this one was my favorite. Although it is a very simple read, it tells a great story. The story and illustrations are both very simple, good for beginning readers. It is comical as well because parts of the story are in all caps as if the animals were shouting at each other. It has a tragic beginning where the toy is broken! But someone comes along and tells the pig and the elephant that it is a snap and break toy and that it was s ...more
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