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You Will Be My Friend!by Peter Brown
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Today is the day the exuberant Lucy is going to make a new friend But she finds it's harder than she had thought — she accidentally ruins the giraffe's breakfast and is much too big for the frogs' pond. Just when she's about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her, and loves her just the way she is.
This heartwarming story offers a unique and humor-filled spin on the all-important themes of persistence and friendship.
"Lucy the bear, who adopted a stubborn boy in Brown's Children Make Terrible Pets, tends to come on a little strong. She wakes up with an optimistic plan to find a pal — 'the forest is crawling with fun critters. Surely one of them will want to be my friend,' she tells her mother — and skips into the woods, wearing a pink tutu and an overeager grin. Brown's panels, framed by ironic wood-grain backdrops, show Lucy's overtures being rejected by a zoo's worth of fauna including a beaver, giraffe, and ostrich. Upon meeting a swarm of bees for 'lunch,' she runs away dripping with honey and calling, 'Sorry I ate your house!' Lucy's only enthusiastic playmates are four human preschoolers, and even she feels overwhelmed by them. Like its predecessor, this outing features an earth-tone palette, pencil illustrations, cut-paper voice bubbles, and hand-lettered display type; Lucy's wilderness is thoroughly domesticated. Brown jokes about enforced companionship, yet doesn't abandon his heroine, acquainting her with a willing ally when things seem their grimmest. Readers won't miss the message that friendship is something that happens in its own time. Ages 3 6. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Splendid artwork...I click with this book. Brown has pushed his style past its smoother beginnings....Who knows how he does it, really? The appeal of You Will Be My Friend! is as deep a mystery as friendship, but I'm not interested in delving into its mysteries. I just want to take it to lunch." Reviewed by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) for The New York Times Book Review
"Charming...this title eschews the cute." Kirkus Reviews
"The mixed-media art, featuring woodsy cartoon backgrounds, and the omniscient narration combine to make this an even funnier follow-up to Children Make Terrible Pets (2010)."Booklist
About the Author
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.
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