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

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  4,593 Ratings  ·  271 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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May 15, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 20, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
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
Feb 01, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 15, 2016 Dolly rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing
True friendship trumps all personality defects.
Dec 03, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-readers
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
Jan 10, 2013 Tanner rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2009 Janice rated it it was amazing
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
Fabulous and funny, just what I expect from Mo Willems.
Sep 01, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-r-us
It was funny and cute!
Nov 10, 2015 Brooke rated it it was amazing
The simplicity and minimal words within this text allows readers to construct their individual interpretation (s) of the reading using the illustrations as guide. The illustrations are intriguing and have the aptitude to entice the interest of young readers as they can almost feel what is taking place on each page and the emotions of the characters. This is a great book to use to promote language and literacy development during the early years, as children are able to make meaning through the il ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2014 Katherine Bryant rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 11, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Feb 20, 2012 Crystal Marcos rated it liked it
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!
Feb 18, 2009 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
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....
Jan 09, 2009 June rated it it was amazing
Shelves: programbook
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.
Drew Graham
Feb 10, 2016 Drew Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Piggie loves her new toy! She can't wait to show it to Gerald But what will happen when disaster strikes and tests their friendship?

One time we went to visit my sister's family back east, and her then-three-year-old was shy of me at first, but then, hiding behind her hands, slid this book over to me. After two readthroughs I had won her over forever. It was fun to read this again, this time to my kid, and The Boy (2.5) is surely already a fan of Elephant and Piggie. I like how this book is simpl
Dec 30, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2009 Casey Brock rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
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
Mar 31, 2013 Carlee rated it really liked it
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
Raevin Jones
I think this book is a very cute book for children. It shows the friendship and bond between two friends. This book goes through many emotions and shows children that sometimes they will gat mad, sad, and happy. Also is teaches children manners like saying sorry and meaning it after we mistakenly braking our friend's toy. I love how this book teaches children that friends can be more fun than toys, we just have to be nice to our friends even when they make a mistake and brake our toys.
Tanner Greyn
Apr 27, 2015 Tanner Greyn rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 30, 2013 Malinda rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Crystal Ingram
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Oct 14, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
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!
Dec 28, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it
Piggie has a new toy, she doesn't really know what it does, she just knows that she loves it! So she is sad and rather upset when Gerald breaks it. But perhaps friendship and a little knowledgeable help can make it all right any way.

As usual, Gerald and Piggie's expressions are the best part of the book and make the story even more hilarious.

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