sarah.scanlon84, September 5, 2011 (view all comments by sarah.scanlon84)
My boys and I love we are in a book! I fell inlove at the book store and had to buy five books at once and when on to get more as gifts. I read we are in a book five time a night to my boys n when the reader said bananas my boy burst out in laughter making my laugh so hard by the end of the book im crying thanks so much piggy and elephant!
Mo writes about two best friends, Gerald (the Elephant) and Piggy. Gerald is having a very bad day and Piggy decides he will cheer him up. Piggy dresses up as Gerald’s favorite things in hopes to make him happy. (For example he dresses up as a cowboy, robot and a clown).
This is one of my favorite books by Mo Willems. Yet again he has shown expression in the most minimal way. Gerald and Piggy are hilarious! Everybody wants to have a friend like Piggy. I have read this book to numerous people and so far everyone has laughed out loud. The first time I read it I laughed out loud in the store, I just had to buy it! I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone, young or old.
Willems, Mo. (2007).My Friend is Sad. New York: Scholastic Inc.
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This book contains one of life's greatest truisms: "How can anyone be sad around a robot?!" Indeed.
by Angela M.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) introduces two best friends in the paper-over-board Elephant & Piggie books: a nay saying gray bespectacled pachyderm and an optimistic pink porker, whose opposing temperaments serve as the bases for sparring and mutual understanding alike. When Piggie declares, 'Today I Will Fly!,' Elephant responds, in Green Eggs and Ham fashion: 'You will not fly today./ You will not fly tomorrow./ .../ You will never fly!' 'I will try!' Piggie asserts. She gets assistance from a mock-ferocious bulldog, whose barking does help her to jump (but not fly), and an amiable pelican who demonstrates how friends can lend a hand (er, wing). Energetic Piggie dons a series of costumes (cowboy, clown, robot) to boost sulky Elephant's spirits in My Friend Is Sad. Elephant does not cheer up until Piggie shows up sans disguise: 'I saw a cowboy!... But you were not there to see him!' Elephant laments. 'I need my friends!' 'You need new glasses....' Piggie whispers in an aside to readers, ending on a sly note. Willems treats each page (or spread) as one panel, so the action unfolds briskly against white backgrounds. He provides the emphatic dialogue in varying font sizes and keeps the design details simple but effective: Piggie's words appear in powdery rose-colored voice bubbles, Elephant's in pale blue-gray. Nevertheless, even inexperienced readers will not be busy long, whether or not they pause to chuckle at the dueling characters' changing facial expressions. Compared to Willems's more nuanced character studies, these episodes feel all too brief. Still, readers will likely clamor for more." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In My Friend is Sad, elephant Gerald is down in the dumps. Piggie is determined to cheer him up by dressing as a cowboy, a clown, and even a robot! But what does it take to make a sad elephant happy? The answer will make even pessimistic elephants smile.
Best-selling picture book creator Mo Willems leaps into the early reader arena with the Elephant and Piggie series.& nbsp; & nbsp; Not surprisingly, & nbsp; the books are hilarious, charming, and speak directly to kids.
The books feature two lovable and funny characters: an optimistic (and often reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant.& nbsp; Children who sat on their parents??? laps to have Pigeon read to them will eagerly take the plunge with these books to start reading on their own.& nbsp; & nbsp; Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist.& nbsp; These sweet and surprising stories are a much-needed breath of fresh air in the early reader arena.& nbsp; & nbsp;
In My Friend is Sad , elephant Gerald& nbsp; is down in the dumps.& nbsp; Piggie is determined to cheer him up by dressing as a cowboy, a clown, and even a robot & nbsp; But what does it take to make a sad elephant happy?& nbsp; The& nbsp; answer will make even pessimistic elephants smile.& nbsp;
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