We have taken this book out in the past. My daughter liked it so much she picked it out again. It's always fun with Elephant and Piggie even when there's jealousy. I am giving it 5 stars on her behalf.
"My New Friend is So Fun" contains everything readers have come to love about Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie series: appropriate pacing, fun colour-coded speech bubbles, animated body language and humourous but sensitive text. Unfortunately, this one falls short in its conclusion.
When Snake tells Gerald of Piggie's playdate with Brian Bat, Gerald responds with acceptance: "Brian is nice." But their mutual reflection that Piggie and Brian “must be having a super-duper fun time!” soon turns to paranoia when they realize that maybe their best pals don't need them anymore. The pair rush to put an end to the fun and find out that Piggie and Brian have been playing "best friend games” which, it turns out, means making drawings of their respective best friends, Gerald and Snake. Cue the cheesy music.
While the buildup to the friends’ confrontation shows off Willems's characteristic comedy, the story's resolution feels anticlimactic and unrealistic. Willems teaches the value of making new friends but how many young children, when playing with a new pal, are likely to spend their time thinking of the friends that they are not playing with?
I really enjoy the work of Mo Willems. There is always a special meaning in the book, and one can find themselves acutally in the book going through the situation - we have all been there. Great illustrations. A keeper.
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