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Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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** This review was written by my First Grade class. They love these books!
It's simple. The pictures are helpful, but not TOO helpful. Most importantly - it's not boring! The books are short, containing few words, but the repetition is FUNNY and not too intrusive. ("You do not have arms." "I DO NOT HAVE ARMS?!?!?") It's got to be HARD to write funny books for kids this young. Honestly, I don't think I could do it! And to write one that the kid will want to read over and over again - well! I don't know how Mo Willems does it, frankly.
My favorite part of this book? Hm. Has to be either Snake's (pretend) freakout upon being told that he has no arms OR Piggie's idea, after Snake fails to catch the ball several times, that maaaaaybe what they really need is MORE BALLS! (This works exactly as well as you'd expect.)
Please - check out a copy of this, and other Elephant and Piggie books at your local library. Your resident early reader will thank you for it later :)
The illustrations on this book match the text perfectly. They are clear, and the characters facial expressions are drawn so they are easy for kids to understand. The simple text is accessible to the beginning reader, and the humor makes for a book that kids will want to read again and again.
In this story Gerald and Piggie are about to play catch when a snake comes along and asks if he too can play. Gerald and Piggie are not sure HOW a snake can play catch because, after all, he has no arms. Nevertheless, snake wants to try to play and thus the three begin. What proceeds is more dodgeball than catch, except with no dodging, as snake continually gets pummeled by the ball. LOL The three friends try to come up with ideas as to how snake can participate in the game, and after a couple of really silly ones, finally hit on the plan of using snake as the ball! The three then happily embark on their game of catch. LOL
The story is funny, sweet, and engaging. It's well written; the illustrations very simple, yet super expressive. My daughter, who is a first grader can easily read all the Elephant and Piggie books. Because of the simple easy-to-read words used in the stories, I think these books are appropriate for beginning readers...Kindergarteners and Pre-K students.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We LOVE Elephant and Piggie books at our house - and this is no exception. My 5 year old laughed out loud and wanted us to read it over and over. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great for my 4 year old and 3 year old. My daughter is almost five and has started being able to read and loves to read these Elephant and Piggie Books.Published 1 month ago by daniel ousley
I am writing about Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems. It is about a pig and an elephant who are playing ball with a snake. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tuck
I liked this book because was funny. This book is a good book because Gerald and Piggie are really funny. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Gerald and Piggie series is awesome and this book is one of our favorites!Published 2 months ago by Dana M. Bobinchek
Do you like funny books? Then you should get Can I Play Too? By Mo Willems. I think Can I Play Too is the best book because it is funny. Elephant and pig want to play catch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kk27
My family loves Piggy and Elephant, and this book "Can I play too?" by Mo Willems is another winner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kassie and Alex