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The Resource You will be my friend!, Peter Brown

You will be my friend!, Peter Brown

Label
You will be my friend!
Title
You will be my friend!
Statement of responsibility
Peter Brown
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lucy, a young bear, starts her day determined to make a new friend but her enthusiasm leads to all sorts of problems until, just as she is about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her
Tone
Writing style
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Lucy, an energetic, determined cub, sets off one morning to make a new pal. Although she traverses the forest with hopes and dreams for new acquaintances, she is repeatedly rebuffed, as all that unchecked enthusiasm keeps her from fitting in, although she may bond with an egg . . . eventually. The story’s resolution feels a bit weak, but the mixed-media art, featuring woodsy cartoon backgrounds, and the omniscient narration (along with Lucy’s first-bear word bubbles) combine to make this an even funnier follow-up to Children Make Terrible Pets (2010). -- Medlar, Andrew (Reviewed 11-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 5)
  • PreS-Gr 2 — Lucy, the bear who tried to adopt a boy in Children Make Terrible Pets (Little, Brown, 2010), is on the hunt for a new friend. While she searches the forest, speech bubbles capture her fervent anticipation: "We're going to do cartwheels! And climb trees! And have picnics! And have a dance party!" A frog invites her to play, but Lucy's overzealous belly flop empties out the pond. She dryly comments, "Things didn't work out." Bees invite Lucy to lunch, but she ends up eating their hive. Brown's quirky wood-grain-bordered illustrations show the cub's over-the-top tactics to fit in, from squeezing down a rabbit hole to gnawing tree trunks beside a beaver. After all of her overtures are rebuffed, she resorts to threats: "Come back here and have fun with me!" "You won't get any snacks unless you start liking me RIGHT NOW." When Lucy finally relaxes her approach, a flamingo pal comes her way. Readers will be won over by this witty, slapstick story of friendship found.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada --Linda Ludke (Reviewed September 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 9, p114)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed July 18, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 29, p)
  • Finding a friend is less a matter of sheer will than quiet acceptance in this charming new work. Picture-book heroines are rarely quite as irrepressible as Lucy the tutu-and-bow–clad bear from Children Make Terrible Pets (2010). Now a follow-up tackles the difficult task precocious children face when seeking out companionship. Fueled more by enthusiasm than sense, Lucy informs her mother that on this day she is going to find herself a brand-new friend. Yet while her intentions are good, Lucy's befriending techniques are a bit brash for the woodland creatures she encounters. Even threats don't work, so Lucy declares her task hopeless, until another bow-wearing animal fulfills Lucy's greatest wishes. Brown has pinpointed the problems some kids face in befriending their fellows, though few would come on as strong as his heroine. The language is the real lure here, with Lucy's single-mindedness best illustrated when she informs an egg, "You WILL be my friend! I can wait." Handlettered speech balloons and wood borders give the book a rustic but friendly feel, with endpapers that should not be missed. While many friendship stories verge on twee, this title eschews the cute and allows kids to both identify with and pity Lucy's struggle to find her own bosom companion. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10018877
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1979-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brown, Peter
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD510L
  • Decoding: 4 (hard)
  • Vocabulary: 4 (hard)
  • Sentences: 3 (medium)
  • Patterns: 5 (very hard)
Intended audience source
  • lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.B81668
LC item number
You 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
1.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Determination (Personality trait)
  • Bears
  • Animals
  • Humorous stories
  • Children's stories
  • Friendship
  • Determination (Personality trait)
  • Bears
  • Animals
  • Humorous stories
  • Animals
  • Bears
  • Children's stories
  • Determination (Personality trait)
  • Friendship
  • Humorous stories
Target audience
preschool
Label
You will be my friend!, Peter Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn707964971
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316070300
Lccn
2011009709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)707964971
Label
You will be my friend!, Peter Brown
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn707964971
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316070300
Lccn
2011009709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)707964971

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