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YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! (Starring Lucille Beatrice Bear) Hardcover – September 5, 2011
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"I click with this book. Brown has pushed his style past its smoother beginnings...into a homemade hybrid of pencil and construction paper and even wood. 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."―Daniel Handler in The New York Times
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Lucy, a rather gregarious little girl bear, wakes up one morning and informs her mother that she has decided to make a new friend that very day! She is excited. Her mom tells her... "That IS exciting, but how do you plan on finding a new friend?" Lucy informs mom that "the forest is crawling with fun critters. Surely ONE of them will want to be my friend."
And so her quest to find and make a new friend! Lucy soon discovers that making a new friend is not really all that easy, especially if you do not know how. Misadventure follows misadventure for our little bear cub in a pink skirt. Somehow things just don't work out time and time again. Grabbing a skunk and scrubbing the skunk down with soap and water and a brush to get the smell out is not the way to get close to a skunk Lucy finds. Neither is perching on top of an ostrich and asking "So tell me, what's it like to fly?" And shouting at the top of her lungs "DOESN'T ANYBODY WANT TO BE MY FRIEND?!" in the middle of a flock of flamingos does not work very well either.
Peter Brown has a very quirky and dry sense of humor which children will understand instantly and adults will appreciate.Read more ›
Poor Lucy. She tries hard. She means well. But she just doesn't quite get it. She's enthusiastic - perhaps a bit too much so, as she splashes all the water out of the frog pond and climbs into a giraffe's breakfast tree. She tries to be helpful - for instance, by scrubbing the smell out of the skunk. She tries to fit in - into the rabbits' hole, for instance. She'll do anything to find a friend (well, not quite anything, as we discover in a delightful reference to "Children Make Terrible Pets"). But for some odd reason, things just never work out quite right.
Devastated, Lucy pulls out all the stops, but force doesn't work either. Eventually, of course, Lucy finds her friend (or, rather, a friend finds her). It appears that Lucy has learned another valuable lesson.
In my review of "Children Make Terrible Pets", I mentioned that I was on the fence about the illustrations. The bears are rather boxy and the color palette is rather muted earthy-tones. But Peter Brown has won me over. His distinctive illustration style works perfectly with his whimsical yet oddly realistic story-telling. The illustrations, especially the facial expressions, perfectly capture the humor and other emotions of the story. Many individual illustrations are priceless, particular those which show Lucy's hapless attempts to find/force friendship, for instance, the illustration of Lucy chasing a cheetah yelling, "Come back here and have fun with me!"
Children and adults alike will laugh and smile at this delightful lesson in finding - and being - a friend.Read more ›
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in mixed media of pencil, construction paper and wood. You would think this style might feel static, but Brown does such a good job of showing action and facial expression, that you feel the movement and the emotion on each page. On a couple of pages in the beginning, there were too many word bubbles grouped together making them difficult to follow.
REVIEW: I laughed out loud at this book from the very beginning. I just knew from page one that Lucille was going to bumble her efforts at making friends (she thought it would be oh so simple) and sure enough she did. Her efforts were hilarious as she made one mistake after another. Even her pushiness was funny. I loved when she tried to calm herself down, but merely fell apart. Best of all, I loved when the perfect friend, who loves doing what Lucy does, came along.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 3-7
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I used this at the beginning of the year in my classroom and used it to talk about making friends. My students enjoyed it and found it humorous.Published 9 months ago by Aleisha Brixius
We absolutely love this book!!!! My daughter never gets tired of it. Definitely one of our favsPublished 21 months ago by Tanya
LOVE the illustrations and story. We have a great time rooting for our little bear heroine to find a friend. My girl is three and a half. this book is charming.. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bounce