Thursday, February 16, 2023

An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 5

Gr. K-3 This excellent collection features the stories I Am Invited to a Party!; I Will Surprise My Friend!; Happy Pig Day!; Waiting Is Not Easy!; and The Thank You Book - over 300 pages of fun with Piggie and Gerald. Readers will see the duo preparing for a party with more and more elaborate costumes, learn that one doesn’t have to be a pig to celebrate Pig Day, and other big moments from their adventures. The signature style of Mo Willems captures expressions ranging from devious as the friends try to surprise each other, to awed as they gaze at a star-filled sky, or even grateful as they thank readers for being “the best.” Youngsters and adults will laugh out loud to see Piggie knocked flat by Gerald’s groans as he complains about waiting. They may even snort at Pigeon’s sly, “That is what you think” in response to Piggie’s apology that Pigeon  does not get to be in the books with her and Elephant. Whether this is a first encounter with these lovable friends or a welcome return to favorite stories, it will leave readers with a smile. VERDICT: Perfect for replacing copies that have been loved to pieces in classrooms or libraries, or as a gift for readers new to the fun.

My review originally appeared in School Library Journal.

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