You WILL Be My Friend!

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
Lucy, the overly enthusiastic, tutu-clad bear from Children Make Terrible Pets tries to make a new friend. Forcing herself upon each critter, she insists, "Start liking me RIGHT NOW." It's not until Lucy believes all hope is lost that a new pal appears. Playful mixed-media illustrations include comical characters and word balloons that extend the humor (e.g., Lucy to an egg: "I can wait").

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