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You Will Be My Friend!

(Lucy #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,637 ratings  ·  311 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, 32 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy is going to make a friend today. She is excited and tells her mother "the forest is crawling with fun critters. Surely ONE of them will want to be my friend." Lucy sets off on her adventure with ideas of what she will do with her new friend: cartwheels, picnics, climbing trees, swimming, and a dance party. The first critter she meets is a frog. She is so excited to be friends with the frog that she jumps into the small pond, splashing all the water out and the frogs too. Things didn't work ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Jess Quimby
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown was published by Hachette Book Group in 2011. The book is only 32 pages long and the genre is fiction. This book best accommodates students in prekindergarten to kindergarten. The lexile level is AD260L and the guided reading level is L.

You Will Be My Friend! is about Lucy who wakes up one morning and decides that she is going to make new friends. Lucy quickly finds that making friends is harder than she thought – she is much too big for frogs’ pond and she
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. ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
Lucy is trying way too hard. People can tell, Lucy. That's why you don't have any friends. ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoyed 'Children Make Terrible Pets'
Shelves: picture-books
Lucille Beatrice Bear returns in this second picture-book devoted to her adventures, following upon Children Make Terrible Pets . Announcing one day at the breakfast table that she intends to make a friend, Lucy sets out into the woods, attempting to ingratiate herself with every creature she encounters. Unfortunately her efforts lead only to disaster, as she accidentally destroys other animals' homes, or makes inopportune remarks. Eventually giving up in despair, Lucy is thrilled when someon ...more
Sarah Prekopa
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
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
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, ncbla
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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I relate to Lucille on so many levels.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t read this book with the kids for sometime. It tends to not get a lot of attention in our house. I ended up liking it more this time because I think it’s a good depiction of making friends. You can’t force it, you can’t be disingenuous, it has to happen naturally to be a real friendship that lasts.
Alicia Evans
This book is super fun to read to a group of kids, especially since it can be difficult sometimes to make friends. I like that it shows Lucy's journey with finding the perfect friend. Funny.

For: bear fans; reader wanting a book about making friends.

Possible red flags: anger and tantrums.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Made me chuckle
Erik Annan
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Used in my classroom (special education)1/2 graders. Good examples of how not to be a good friend.
Claire Macugay
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Rebecca Ann
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the hilarious story of a bear who decides she will make a new friend but goes about it all wrong. After scaring most animals away or annoying them, she finally finds an equally gregarious flamingo who just happens to be looking for a friend. I liked the comic-style word bubbles and the muted colors in this book. Great for storytime!
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lucy decides to make a new friend and makes plans of all the things they will do together. But something always goes wrong. Just when it looks like Lucy will never find a new friend, something changes. Uncomplicated plot about perseverance and how to be a friend, bold illustrations and a cute bear make this an appealing story for primary age children.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I found the 1st full of humor and cute, but in this one, our bear-girl was overacting a little too much. Some of her mistakes while trying to befriend other animals were not particularly funny or charming or cute, so I didn't really enjoy the story. Luckily, the art was really good so it was pleasant to look at the pages. ...more
Jo Whittemore
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, humor
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. ...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. ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
That bear looks scary. I'm afraid of what might happen if I refuse her offer for friendship. ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book about making friends.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love it! I *am* that bear. :)
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In You Will Be My Friend!, Peter Brown wrote and illustrated a friendship story which is both hilarious and touching at the same time. A story many of us can identify with, either personally or as parents, Brown leads readers through a day when Lucy, the main character, wakes up determined to make a new friend today. We watch her ignorantly make mistakes, try to be something she’s not, and almost give up on her goal before she is successful. *


My daughters, ages almost 3 and 5, love this book b
Sue Winson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Lucy bear is too adorable. The illustrations are hilarious, the story is funny, and the lessons learnt are invaluable for both adults and young kids. Both little-AJ and mummy smile and giggle reading it. This book is as good as its "prequel" by the same author- "Children Makes Terrible Pets".

Lucy bear, excitedly, decided one day that she would make a new friend. But she soon realized that the task is not as simple.

She discovered that these actions Do Not work: Forcefully impos
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Lucille has one goal for the day: to make a new friend. There are many critters in the forest who will certainly be her friend. However, once Lucille embarks on her journey, all she does is bother the critters and she cannot make any friends. Will she be able to make a friend by the end of the day? This book makes me laugh out loud as I read it with my students. Peter Brown does a wonderful job engaging the reader and making them laugh.

In the classroom I do a lot with teaching students to be ha
Jim Sibigtroth
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucy decides she will go out and make a new friend TODAY, but she soon discovers that that isn’t the way friends work. After several failed attempts to ‘force’ various critters to be her friend, she is ready to give up when a flamingo (who is also having trouble finding a friend) finds Lucy and becomes her friend. After the story Peter Brown shares the three things he has learned about making friends. “1. Always be yourself. 2. New friends appear when you least expect them. And 3. Do not scream, ...more
Stefanie Burns
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy decides to make a new friend. She can't wait to get started. This is going to be exciting. Lucy tries befriending animal after animal, but it just doesn't work out. Lucy either ruins breakfast, says something wrong, or more. Then, she tries threatening animals to be her friend. That doesn't work either. Finally, as she gives up all hope and stops trying so hard, she makes her first friend.

Good story to use with younger students to talk about how to be a friend and how not to be a friend. Ma
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