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Elephant and Piggie: Can I Play Too? 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:
Can I Play Too? 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:
Ok…for those of you who are frequent visitors to this site, you know we are HUGE Mo Willems fans…I mean who isn't? So you would think we don't need to review each book, but on the off chance you are not familiar with Mr. Willems' work, we will keep recommending them. And for the avid Elephant and Piggie fans, you need to know when the new ones are out, right? This installment introduces us to Snake, a self-effacing little friend who would like to join in Elephant and Piggies game of catch. Never mind you need arms for that! This may be my favorite one thus far…I know I say that every time, but I think I mean it this time (until the next one comes out:). Can I Play Too? has been enjoyed over and over again by all the kids in our house…ages 11,9 and 5! The spreads when Elephant and Piggie are hemming and hawing about how to tell Snake he will need arms to play catch and Snake just looks at them and says, "I don't have arms!?!" are pure genius.
Author: Mo Willems Illustrator: Mo Willems Published: 2010, 64 pages
Themes: Friendship, Animals, Excellent Read-Aloud, Humor
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Today I Will Fly, 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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