|Elephant and Piggie: Pigs Make Me Sneeze!
|What You Need to Know:
• This is a brilliantly conceived new learn to read series by the author of the Pigeon books (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive
• Willem's deft illustrations, the way they convey exactly what the character is feeling without need for words, really,
are nothing short of genius.
• 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 Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny fans out there, check out the endpapers (the inside, back cover of the
|Sweet Series Background:
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! is a hilarious 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 Elephant and Piggie.
|Sweet Book Summary:
The main characters are a little, optimisic, free-spirited pig named Piggie and a rather pessimistic, droll, rule-following elephant named Gerald. In Pigs Make Me Sneeze, one day, after Gerald meets up with Piggie, he starts to sneeze uncontrollably. Gerald, being the Drama Queen that he is, is convinced he is now allergic to Piggie and will NEVER be able to see Piggie again. NEVER! Gerald goes to see Dr. Cat, and still sneezing, he realizes now he must be allergic to cats! However, Dr. Cat diagnoses a cold. Piggie is in fine form as Gerald's adorable little foil, check out page 35!
Willems' has done it again with this amazing series. When I brought this book home, while my five year old was thrilled to read a new Elephant and Piggie, my eight and ten year olds were equally excited, as was I. We all appreciate Willems' genius humor in words and pictures.
|Author: Mo Willems Illustrator: Mo Willems Published: 2009, 64 pages
Themes: Friendship, Animals, Humor, Excellent Read-Aloud