Synopses & Reviews
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. & nbsp; 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;
"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.)
These early readers feature two lovable and funny characters: an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant. 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. These sweet and surprising stories are a breath of fresh air.
In My Friend Is Sad, Gerald is sad. How can Piggie be happy if Gerald is sad?
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.
About the Author
Mo Willems is a six-time Emmy Award winning writer and animator for Sesame Street
and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City.
He is the author of groundbreaking picture books, including; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
(Caldecott Honor winner 2004); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
(Caldecott Honor winner 2003); Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
; Time to Say "Please"!
; Leonardo, the Terrible Monster;
and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct.
Mo lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
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