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I Got a New Friend

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  88 reviews
A sweet introduction to owning a pet that is perfect for readers of The Most Magnificent Thing and A Ball for Daisy.

When a little girl gets a new puppy, they have a lot to learn about each other. The new friends can be shy, messy, and sometimes get into trouble. They get lost, but they always get found. Their friendship may be a lot of work--but at the end of the day, they
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Abigail
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Dog Lovers
A tiny puppy comes to live with a little girl in this adorable picture-book from author/illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards, and the two new friends do everything together. The narrator observes that her new friend loves to play, makes a mess, and needs lots of love. But who is the narrator, exactly...?

An adorable exploration of the experience of getting a new pet, I Got a New Friend has a narrative that works both ways, whether told from the perspective of the girl, or of the dog. Both girl and dog
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Emily
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Puppy and child are not too different when it comes to tracking in dirt, being messy eaters, loving playing, and needing the occasional bath. Sweet, sweet title with equally adorable little girl and rambunctious puppy. The author turns our expectations upside down on the last line by revealing (view spoiler) Winner. ...more
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
Used for baby storytime and also for toddler storytime (theme adopting a pet). Super cute. I love the clear illustrations on the white pages and simple text. Worked very well for little bitties. They didn't get the joke at the end, but they still liked the story. ...more
Brindi Michele
this is just precious! i love it <3
Read  Ribbet
Minimal words tell the story of a young girl getting familiar with her new puppy. Readers will see the parallels in the girl's and puppy's lives and behaviors and learn that friendship is a mutual feeling. The end pages list important rules for caring for a new friend which could be a catalyst for classroom discussions on friendships. ...more
Stefanie Kellum
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Basset hound books almost always get five stars. :) The twist is super cute too.

*I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.
Lauren Kramer
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards tells the tale of a little girl who has just been given a puppy. At first, the puppy is shy and scared. The pint-sized pooch is afraid of her new surroundings.

The little girl is not about to give up on her new friend. Being patient, she allows the dog time to get to know her. Will the girl's persistence pay off? Can the pouting pup learn to trust humans?

This is a fantastic book for children who have just adopted a pet. The story presents helpful tips on
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
I Got A New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2017. $17.00. 9780399557002

BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL.

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

A little girl is given a new puppy. At first she is a little shy and nervous, but soon she and the puppy become friends. The girl and her puppy do everything together. She plays hide and seek with her new friend, runs outside, and can be very noisy except when she is sleeping. She can be a lot of work and needs lots
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Barbara
Brightly colored illustrations, crated with pencil and watercolor and then refined digitally accompany a familiar experience of making a new friend. The story is told as though it's coming from the perspective of a young girl who has been given a new puppy, but as it turns out, the puppy is the one who has laid claim to its new human companion, the little girl. No matter, though, since both girl and puppy have quite a lot in common, including being a bit shy, being messy eaters, and being able t ...more
Tasha
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A little girl gets a new puppy and the two of them work to become friends. At first the puppy is scared, but she quickly becomes more friendly. The two play outside together, nap on the chair after making a mess, and sometimes get stinky. The puppy gets lost and then found again. They get dirty and wash up. They make noise and give tons of kisses and hugs.

Edwards uses frank and simple text to tell the story of the two new friends in this book. The little girl narrates the book and tells it from
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Christy
A sweet introduction to owning a pet that is perfect for readers of The Most Magnificent Thing and A Ball for Daisy.
When a little girl gets a new puppy, they have a lot to learn about each other. The new friends can be shy, messy, and sometimes get into trouble. They get lost, but they always get found. Their friendship may be a lot of work but at the end of the day, they love each other!
Experience the excitement and mystery surrounding a new pet (and a new friend) in this joyful picture book
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Marcie
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This cute story begins with a little girl receiving a new puppy, and starts with the narrator declaring, “I got a new friend.” It goes on to describe this friend as shy, playful, messy, stinky, and generally a lot of work. However, who is telling the story? The girl or the puppy? Young readers will love the simple illustrations, and will be able to follow the lovely story of a couple of new friends who are learning about each other. The simple texts makes for a delightful read-aloud. Recommended ...more
Ames Public Library Youth Services
A little girl and small puppy meet and get to know each other in this adorable picture book. Will they warm up to each other and become friends?

Throughout the book, the narrator describes the action describing how her new friend can be messy, shy, etc. We think that it's the little girl talking, but there's a bit of a twist in the end!

Not only humorous, this book might be a good one to look at when talking about making new friends, especially if you have a shy child.

-dmz
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Christina
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, adorable and funny: a swift and sweeping tale on the experience of making a new friend. I loved the illustrations and how much they emphasized and expressed the story – the anxieties, curiosity and excitement of friendship. A nice added touch was the how-to guide for caring for a new friend after the story – a super cute inclusion. I feel like it was the puppy speaking talking about her experience making a new human friend, which gave an interesting twist and perspective to the story.
Matthew
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cleverly written, this story seems to be told by the little girl, but at the end it's revealed that it's the dog that is talking about the girl. Lots of hints mixed in throughout the text. This would be fun to read with a younger child just to see if they realize what's going on before it's revealed. ...more
Lisa
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
You will love this book if you are a dog lover! I know that I did! The simple text is paired well with the cute illustrations of a girl and her dog. A perfect story for the new pet owner. Highly recommended.
Jasmine (jasmine_reads)
Regardless of which perspective you look at this book from, a little girl and a little dog find a friend in one another and come to understand that they are much more the same than they are different.

*HEART EYES EMOJI*
Amy
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A puppy describes his little girl owner just as she might describe the puppy – shy, playful, stinky, messy, loud and totally lovable. A sweet book with bright watercolor illustrations on a white background that warmly captures the growing love between puppy and child.
Braley Hale
Overall, I liked this book but it was not one of my favorites. The book was mainly about a little girl and how she cared for her new puppy. This book is mainly for beginning readers because it shows how to care for a friend, which was displayed at the end.
Kristin
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet story about a girl and her new puppy. The illustrations are fun and the story could actually read from the girl's or puppy's perspective. Would be a great book for any child learning to take care of a new pet. ...more
Amy Lafleur Meyers
Using simple text to show the child's perspective and pictures Karl Edwards tells about how a girl gets a new friend (a puppy). They get used to each other and have fun together. Young children will see, explained in words and pictures, how to take care of a new puppy. ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
A little girl and a pup meet each other. They are friends and care for each other. It's a type of dual language book that the subject could either be the little girl or the puppy.

2018 storytime theme: dogs & cats

Reviewed from a library copy.
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Cara Byrne
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to interpret my toddler's continuous barking throughout this book as her sign of approval. Through short sentences and simple illustrations of a budding friendship, this book celebrates the bond between a child and a puppy. ...more
Edward Sullivan
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Simple, sweet story about a puppy and her new girl.
Rosa Schmidt
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable picture book about a young girl and her new puppy. Perfect for reading to children 3 and younger.
Sandra
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Really cute simple story for the little little crowd.
Rebecca Ann
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an adorable toddler-preschool friendly book about a little girl getting a puppy.
Alyssa Gudenburr
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A perfect book for storytime about a girl getting a new puppy. Shows all the things they do together and how the girl loves her dog.
Lisa
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like how this book could be read as either the child or dog's POV. Fun for preschoolers and for dog lovers. ...more
Earl
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A picture book that's great for beginning readers. This friendship tale has a cute twist to it. I love the back endpapers. ...more
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Karl Newsom Edwards began working as an illustrator in 1976 and has published several books for children. Kirkus Reviews said of Fly!, his first book for Alfred A. Knopf, “In fewer than twenty words, Edwards pieces together a story of grand willpower and discovery.” He lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about Karl and his work at karlnewsomedwards.com or on Twitter at @KarlEdwardsArt.

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