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lovemynewtoyI Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Published by Hyperion Books for Children

Pages: 64

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary: In “I Love My New Toy!” Piggie can’t wait to show Gerald her brand-new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

Turkeybird-LaughingThe Turkeybird Speaks: “Give me a minute…thanks! I needed a second to compose myself. The best part about this book…my mom, reading it to me. She’s amazing! If I could get her to read it over and over for hours every day I would, because it’s great. Hold on, I think I might be able to get her to read it!…

“Hahaha! That was great, I mean really! You are missing out on life if you haven’t read this, because if I’m not mistaken they have studies proving that laughter helps you live longer, right? I can’t stop laughing! Haha! Every time I even see this book I have to chuckle, it’s so much fun. And if it couldn’t get much better, it’s all about a toy! Wonderful. Mo Willems is by far one of my favorite authors and illustrators. He’s a genius! Go out get this book and read it to the nearest 2 to 4 year old you know, they will love you forever for it.”

HandsMom’s Two Cents: “One of my favorite things about this book, The Turkeybird’s reaction. I honestly can say that very rarely do I see him light up the way he does when I read this book to him. And who doesn’t appreciate that? It was a joy, yet again today when he ran into my room with this book in tow and a huge grin on his face. I’d read it once and then he’d say ‘again! again!’. How could I refuse such plea’s? It truly was the highlight of my day.

I Love My New Toy! is the story of a little Piggie (insert the nearest preschool age child in your life) and her adventure getting, losing and regaining a toy and more importantly a friend. Piggie initially chooses to share her toy with her good friend Gerald, but he causes strife by breaking it…or so they think. Piggie goes through a range of emotions and eventually finds that it’s better to forgive than hold a grudge. It teaches children that friends are the things to be treasured not just our possessions.

“When we purchased this for The Turkeybird it was in the hopes that it would help him with sharing. I’m not entirely sure that it’s helped so far, but it has taught him some other very valuable lessons. It’s helped him put names to feelings and emotions he’s had. Recently he had a toy break and I think reading the book helped him understand it was okay, he had other toys and friends to play with. He still values the things he has, but I’m pretty sure it’s helping him to see they aren’t what is important in life.

“A great book with a great message that’s also very entertaining. Perfect for reading together between you and your toddler or even a group of toddlers together could be great!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Toddlers of any age will love being read this book. Also great for teaching children about different emotions by putting a name to them in a way they can understand. And helping them to see what is important in life.

Also check out Mo Willems site for some fun activities for little ones.

Winner of the 2009 Cybils Easy Reader Award. More about this later this week!

This book was purchased for our home library.
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8 Responses to I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems – A Turkeybird Review

  1. Petty Witter says:

    I agree with Turkeybird, mom is amazing. Thanks for this great review, it had me smiling from ear to ear.
    .-= Petty Witter´s last blog ..ONI WA SO TO, FU KU WA UCHI. =-.

  2. I haven’t yet read any Mo Willems’ books (with or without my kids) despite her recent award success, but your review might be what now swings it for me!
    .-= Zoe @ Playing by the book´s last blog ..Honesty’s the best policy =-.

  3. Cecia says:

    very cute book =)
    .-= Cecia´s last blog ..VDay Banners & Buttons =-.

  4. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the review. I love Mo Willems. He is a genius! My daughter can listen to his stories over and over and I don’t mind reading the over and over either. Our favorite is There is a Bird on My Head. So funny!


    • You’re quite welcome! There really is something about his stories that make them so fun and easy to read. And I agree, you really don’t mind reading them again and again unlike some other books. We’ll have to check out There is a Bird on My Head, it sounds great! Thank you!

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