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MY FRIEND IS SAD by Mo Willems

MY FRIEND IS SAD

By Mo Willems (Author) , Mo Willems (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 1-4231-0297-5
Publisher: Hyperion

The master of offbeat whimsy for picture-book readers ventures into the early reader with typically silly and successful results. Willems introduces two friends, Gerald the Elephant and Piggie, who, in the tradition of early-reader partners, love each other despite (or perhaps because of) their gentle foibles. In My Friend Is Sad, Piggie observes a disconsolate Elephant and dresses up as a cowboy, a clown and a robot only to find that all Elephant really wants is her company. The companion title, Today I Will Fly (ISBN: 1-4231-0295-9), highlights Piggie’s determination to fly, her enthusiasm for the task undaunted by physiological reality and Elephant’s skepticism. Uncluttered pages feature the two main characters against clean white space, highlighting the artist’s characteristic command of body language; the text is entirely comprised of dialogue, rendered in softly colored word balloons (pink for Piggie, gray for Elephant). Beginning readers will delight in these genuinely funny stories, staying one step ahead of the increasingly frantic Elephant, who does not recognize his friend in costume, and rooting for Piggie’s aeronautic success. The masterful combination of early-reader convention and sly wit make this pair of pals one to celebrate. (Easy reader. 4-8)