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Capture the Flag
Kate Messner


Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Book! PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• This is a brilliantly conceived new(ish) learn to read series by the author of the Pigeon books (Don't Let the Pigeon
   Drive the Bus).
• Willem's deft illustrations, the way they convey exactly what the character is feeling without need for words really, is
   nothing short of genius..
• In a few short pages, with spare prose, Willems has created a suspenseful story that will have you and your young
   reader hooked from start to finish.
• Your young reader should be able to read it by themselves after only a few shared readings, the picture clues
   and vocabulary choice and repetition are that good.
• For all those pigeons fans out there, check out the end-papers (the inside, back cover of the books).
Sweet Series Background:
We Are in a Book! is another wonderful addition in the new learn-to-read series by Mo Willems.  Think of it in the same vein as a Dr. Seuss book, similar in size and feel, with a bit less text than the longer-winded Seuss books. In the Elephant and Piggie books, Willems effortlessly combines elements required for this learning to read genre, like word repetition and sight word inclusion, with comedy, terrific illustrations and a great story-line. The last is what makes this series so special.  So many of the learn to read books are dreadfully boring, because it is hard to repeat words, keep the vocabulary simple, all the while creating a great story.  Willems does it effortlessly with Piggie and Elephant.
Sweet Book Summary:
We Are in a Book! might be my favorite in this outstanding series by Mo Willems! I know, I know....I say that every time Willems' has a new book out, but really, his books are that good and they are all that good at what they do: namely getting kids to read and have a hilarious time doing it. And this one is getting kids (and parents) belly laughing from the get go. In this adventure, Piggie and Gerald get the feeling someone is looking at them. After some uproarious detective work they discover they are in a book!!! This is when Elephant and Piggie break down the fourth wall and start interacting with the reader directly and the party begins! Everyone in my house is a fan of this book (and all the others). Ages 11, 9 and 5 all enjoyed it...we hope you do to!
Author: Mo Willems Illustrator: Mo Willems Published: 2010, 64 pages
Themes: Friendship, Animals, Excellent Read-Aloud, Humor< Books and Reading
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Can I Play Too?, Mo Willems
Watch Me Throw the Ball, Mo Willems
There Is a Bird on Your Head!, Mo Willems
I Will Surprise My Friend, Mo Willems
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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