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Do You Want to Be My Friend?

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,890 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
From horse to crocodile to giraffe, no one wants to be the little mouse's friend, until he meets up with a friendly, familiar face--and not a moment too soon! Full color.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 2nd 1988 by Penguin USA (first published 1971)
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Sarah Sammis
Feb 14, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc, read-in-2009
With Sean now reading, Harriet likes to have books on hand that she can read to herself without help. Her selected books are either ones we've read dozens of times together or picture books. Among her picture book favorites is Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle.

In this mostly picture book, a little mouse follows a series of tails from page to page hoping to find a friend. What he mostly finds are disinterested animals.

The illustrations are typical Eric Carle painted paper collages. The a
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Scott Volz
Jan 30, 2012 Scott Volz rated it really liked it
I found Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend? to be a very charming nearly-wordless picture book. Launched by the words of the title, the book's pictures--done in Carle's trademark collage--show a small mouse encountering increasingly larger creatures as he searches for a companion. One of the very clever devices at work is that Carle starts the tail of each successive animal on the previous page--thus creating a sense of suspense/surprise and giving children an opportunity to guess who the ...more
Sally Todd
May 01, 2012 Sally Todd rated it it was amazing
Eric Carle delivers a fabulous picture book based upon animals of the wild. The story follows a mouse, which travels around asking different animals, ‘do you want to be my friend?’ This beautifully illustrated book, captures the imaginations of children, and allows them to become fully involved with the story, as the story can be as interactive as you choose to make it. I would recommend this story for young children as there are no words and no pictures which can enable children to use their ow ...more
Monica Johnson
Feb 12, 2012 Monica Johnson rated it really liked it
Very cute (N) nursery age book. It's about a mouse who is looking for a friend. This book is a series of colorful illustrations. It is also an interactive book that helps involve children. Each page has the tail of a new animal the mouse decides to ask to be its friend. There are no words, all pictures. My daughter liked this book. Plenty of giggles as she used her imagination as to what the next animal on the page would be. Highly reccomend this for little readers.
Stacie
Jan 29, 2015 Stacie rated it it was ok
I think this book sends mixed messages. On one hand you have the idea that everyone you meet is not going to be a friend but if you keep putting yourself out there a friend will come along. But I am concerned about the 'stranger danger'. Perhaps the mouse should have learned to stay away from carnivores. I'm also concerned about the mice hiding from the snake at the end.
Ashley
I like the images for this book; however, there wasn't much to go off of. I think that this was definitely meant for younger kids to guess the animal on the next page based on the tails they see. It probably would be a great read a loud.
Leticia
Feb 16, 2017 Leticia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Nice book for younger, until 4 years old children. I was asked to read it four times in a row due to my son liking the book.
Julie Cardillo
Feb 20, 2017 Julie Cardillo rated it liked it
Title Do You Want to Be My Friend?
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Genre: Predictable
Theme(s): Friendship, Animals, Repetition
Opening line/sentence: “Do you want to be my friend.”

Brief Book Summary:
A tiny mouse in search of a friend asks many different animals to be his friend. All of the animals say no, except finally for another mouse, who agrees to be his friend. The two new friends made it inside the tree just in time before a snake got them.

Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
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Laney
Dec 06, 2016 Laney added it
Title (italicize): Do You Want to Be My Friend?
Author/Illustrator: Eric Carle
Genre: Wordless picture book, Juvenile fiction
Theme(s): Friendship, animals
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): Do you want to be my friend?

Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): The (almost) wordless picture book is about a mouse searching everywhere for a friend. The mouse chases after many animals hoping for someone to be a friend, and he finally finds a friend in another mouse.

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Christy
Feb 28, 2017 Christy rated it it was amazing
From horse to crocodile to giraffe, no one wants to be the little mouse's friend, until he meets up with a friendly, familiar face--and not a moment too soon! Full color.
Vivian
Nov 11, 2015 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I shared this in our library pre-school story times this week -- beginning with the END PAPERS. "What color is this?" I asked. GREEN!

"Okay, everyone put a piece of pretend paper in front of you. Now pretend to squeeze green paint all over the paper. Now pretend to smear it all around with your hands." EW! was the response from some of the children. "Yep, we'd better pretend to wash our hands!"

I told them this is how Eric Carle decorates his paper and when it dries he cuts it into shapes. I tur
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Stephen Stopper
Oct 12, 2015 Stephen Stopper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-stopper
Title: Do you want to be my Friend?
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator:
Genre: Picture Book
Theme(s): Animals, mice, picture stories, friendship, size
Opening line/sentence: “Do you want to be my friend?”
Brief Book Summary: This story of the longing for friendship stars a small mouse who is on a search to find a friend. Along the way he runs into many different animals all of which he sees will never become his friend. While searching for a friend, he runs into another mouse near a snake and he finally
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Clarice Bolen
Feb 22, 2017 Clarice Bolen rated it liked it
Shelves: el-230
This was a wordless picture book. The entire story was a mouse trying to get other animals to become friends with him. This would be good for lower grades or higher grades if you want them to have to make up their own story to go along with the pictures. Overall, neat book.
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Oct 04, 2014 Emily Nunez-Eddy rated it really liked it
Eric Carle provides readers with a wordless picture book that is most special for the interactiveness it provides it’s readers. “Do You Want to be My Friend?” tells the story of a little mouse and his journey to find a friend among a host of different animals. The only words used in the entire story are found on the first page, as the mouse speaks to a bushy tail, questioning: “do you want to be my friend?”. From here on out, the little mouse encounters many tails — and many animals — on a ques ...more
Kate Chazin
This lovely picture book has only eight words across the whole darn thing: on the first page, a mouse asks, “Do you want to be my friend?” On one of the very last pages, another mouse finally answers him: “Yes!” The middle of the book takes us on a journey through the mouse’s many attempts to make a friend. He chases after and rides the tails of a variety of oversized jungle creatures—monkeys, snakes, kangaroos, peacocks, even a seal! But each of his attempts come up empty. All the creatures don ...more
Alyssa
Sep 30, 2015 Alyssa rated it liked it
Eric Carle writes/illustrates the children's wordless picture book, "Do you want to be my friend?" The book starts off with a tiny mouse saying, "do you want to be my friend?" The mouse passes by many animals such as a fox, horse, giraffe, lion, seal, monkey and many more. Finally at the end of the book he hears a reply "yes" coming from another mouse. Both mice go off into a underground tunnel and the story says, "the end." This picture book is interesting because although it is classified as a ...more
Vanessa
Dec 09, 2014 Vanessa rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
This is a good book, but not my favorite of all Eric Carle's work. A mouse is in search of a friend. He bravely meets all kinds of animals in the process like a rottweiler, an arachnid and other critters. He becomes friends with a mouse at the end after almost being eaten for dinner by a snake who did not want to be friends! The pacing of this book was slow which reminded me of starting to learn how to read for the first few times. This is one of the types of books I read as a beginner. It is re ...more
Paul Farbman
Mar 22, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Preschool - Kindergarten
Do You Want To Be My Friend is an example of the diversity of Eric Carle's work. Carle's books often feature varying amounts of text level. This near wordless book is both a great introduction into Carle's world of collage and a great way to teach reading skills to very young children.

The story opens with a mouse asking a bushy tale "do you want to be my friend". From this point on, all of the illustrations reveal themselves moving across the pages from left to right. On each double spread, the
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Comfort Olajide
Aug 27, 2012 Comfort Olajide rated it liked it
Recommended to Comfort by: Among the books for class review

I read this book, it is just illustrations of pictures of mouse asking a horse , a peacock, an aligator, a lon, hppotamus, a bird, a monkey, a peacock, a fox, a Kangaroo, a Giraffe and finally a snake the same quetion whether they want to be his friend. There are no words in this book for children to read or to identify the names of the animals.I will not put this book on my shelf for children to know colors and identify animals.

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Read aloud:I will put this book on my shelf fo
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Jamie
Dec 29, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it
A little mouse wants to find a friend. The mouse travels all over asking every animal it sees whether they want to be his friend. All of the animals ignore the little mouse. Finally, the little mouse meets another mouse. They become the best of friends.
In this story, Eric Carle remains faithful to his well known art style. The pictures are done in a collage style using tissue paper and paint. Fans of his artwork will immediately be able to identify this as an Eric Carle masterpiece.
This story h
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Sabrina
Dec 03, 2016 Sabrina rated it really liked it
Shelves: eric-carle
This heartwarming story is about a mouse wants to find a friend, so he spends asking a number of different animals. However, all the animals that he asks do not want to be the mouse’s friend. Eventually, the mouse finds another mouse and they befriend each other. This is not a wordless book, but it does have minimal words, and most of the pages are purely illustration. While the story starts out a little rough when none of the other animals want to be friends with the mouse, the ending makes it ...more
Regan Wimsatt
Feb 09, 2017 Regan Wimsatt rated it it was amazing
This book allows the reader to fully immerse the student's imagination into the book and ask them what they believe is going to happen.
Latosha Finch
Oct 21, 2013 Latosha Finch rated it really liked it
The author, Eric Carle, lets the pictures do the talking! In this book, there is a very small mouse looking for a friend. He encounters many other animals, such as, a horse, an alligator, a lion, and a hippopotamus. Each animal obviously denies the mouse his request of friendship. He then meets a mouse, which responds “Yes!” The mice apparently hide from a large snake and become friends. This book does not have a lot of text, however, the illustrations tell the story. As a teacher, I would use t ...more
Danielle Ducharme
Nov 27, 2013 Danielle Ducharme rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
This is one of my favorite books because of how interactive it is. The creative use of colored tissue paper is used in a unique way which ties each page to the next. By having the story continue on the next page, the motivation to continue the book is given to both adults and children. only part of the animal is shown on the first page and then the revealed on the following page. The ground also matched each animal to really solidify the idea that the animal continues. For young readers, this he ...more
Brooke Murray
Dec 03, 2014 Brooke Murray rated it really liked it
In the book "Do you want to be my friend" Eric Carle shares the story of a mouse who wants to have a friend. He asks multiple animals and the book shows him going though a lot of them to see if any of them would be his friend. He does eventually find a friend, but in order to find out what animal he got to become his friend you'll have to read the book yourself. One of the big things that I like about this book is there is very limited words and the story is told by the pictures throughout the s ...more
Gounah Choi
Nov 24, 2015 Gounah Choi rated it it was amazing
In this book, a lonely mouse wants to find a friend, so he asks around various animals if they want to be his friend. Finally, he finds the other mouse and becomes a friend. The book presents different animals in various colors and sizes. As the book does not include much texts, teacher can add descriptions using words, such as long, big, huge, and more. This will make the book a good resource for teaching children different sizes, which is one of important mathematical concepts that young child ...more
Jonathan Ryal
Sep 06, 2012 Jonathan Ryal rated it it was amazing
Do you want to be my friend might tell one of the best stories without saying more than 10 words. Another one of Eric Carle’s great books tells us the story of a mouse out in the wild. It starts out by the mouse coming across a tail and asking if that animal would be its friend. All you can see in the picture is the mouse and the tail. Unfortunately the animals do not answer. When you turn the page you get to see an entirely new animal that the mouse had asked to be friends on one side and you g ...more
Linda
Eric Carle keeps in tradition with his rhythmic, patterned sequence stories except for one thing: there are no words! "Do you want to be my friend?" is the story of a little mouse genuinely searching high and low for just one friend. His search finally does lead him to a friend and they snuggle up in a mouse hole just in time to avoid the green snake.

Lesson Extension: This book is a great choice for versatility in story telling. It can be applied most anytime and anywhere, except at bedtime. Chi
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Hana Sm.
Jan 19, 2014 Hana Sm. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The back cover says that this book is recommended for ages 3 to 6 and I think that's a wise choice, because older readers might get annoyed with this book. The only dialogue in the whole "story" is 2 sentences!

This is a typical Eric Carle book because he shows you Part of an animal on 1 page, but you have to turn the page to see the rest of the animal. Many children will have fun trying to figure out what animal is on the next page, but older readers might be annoyed.

I would suggest using this
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Jaycie Shearer
This interactive book has a very colorful and creative look using tissue paper to tie in each page to the next. By having a story continue onto the next page, the motivation to continue reading increases for children and adults alike. The only part of the animal is shown on the first page and then related on the following page. The ground also matched each animal to solidify the idea that the animal continues. For young readers, this helps them stay interested whereas a simple picture may lose t ...more
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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