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Happy Pig Day! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – October 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423143426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423143420
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HAPPY PIG DAY! Author/Illustrator: Willems, Mo The latest entry in this popular series for beginning readers features a new holiday: It's Happy Pig Day, and Gerald the elephant is feeling left out. The elements that have made this series so successful and enduring are all present once again: a clean design (white background, lack of extraneous details, large type in word bubbles, etc.), a friendship theme and a satisfying resolution. This time around, Piggie announces the upcoming festivities, and at first Gerald's excited: "Ooooh! I did not know about Happy Pig Day." But the day soon sours for him, as three pig friends seem to be monopolizing his best friend's attention. It's not until Piggie reveals the truth about these pigs and Happy Pig Day that peace is restored. "Happy Pig Day is for . . . Anyone," begins Piggie, and a squirrel, cat and bear whip off their pig-costume heads, shouting "Who!" "Loves!" "Pigs!" respectively. Ostensibly about celebrating porcine pride, this explores coping with feelings a child may have upon learning a best friend may actually have other friends. Several Elephant & Piggie books have received Geisel Awards or Honors, for books for beginning readers; this one will not only encourage kids to give reading a go but will also teach them at least a few words in a new language: " 'Oinky! Oink! Oink!' 'means Happy Pig Day in Pig.' " (Early reader. 4-8)—Kirkus

WILLEMS, Mo. Happy Pig Day! illus. by author. 60p. (An Elephant & Piggie Book). Hyperion. 2011. Tr $8.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-4342-0. LC 2010034326. PreS-Gr 3 Beginning readers will delight in this funny tale. Gerald and Piggie are celebrating "The day of the pig" with pig songs, pig dances, pig food, pig games, and friends wishing one another "oinky, oink oink," which is "pig for Happy Pig Day!" Gerald the elephant seems genuinely interested in this celebration until Piggie's friends start speaking "pig" and he feels left out. The animated characters convey emotion and humor; masterful use of white space and comic-style text bubbles will inspire repeated readings. Another hit for Willems. Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI—SLJ

Happy Pig Day!. Willems, Mo (Author) , Willems, Mo (Illustrator) Hooray, it's Happy Pig Day! Of course, Gerald the elephant has no clue what this means, so Piggie launches into the holiday's myriad glories. The parties! The dances! The pig foods! The pig games! Everyone crying "Oinky! Oink! Oink!" (That's "Happy Pig Day" in Pig.) But while Piggie cavorts with other pigs, Gerald slinks away, feeling, as many kids sometimes do, the exclusion of not being involved in a particular holiday. Here Willems displays his cunning use of white space: the two friends are so far apart on the page. The good news? Happy Pig Day is for those who love pigs, too. - Daniel Kraus—Booklist

It's "the best day of the year"-Happy Pig Day! Piggie goes hog-wild with her porcine friends, but Gerald feels left out and shrinks away. After Piggie finds her friend, Gerald works himself into an existential meltdown: "I do not have a snout. I do not have hooves! I am not pink! I want to say, Happy Pig Day' in Pig! But I am not a pig." As always, Willems's delightfully mismatched best friends communicate with bold declarations and gestural expressions that convey a vast range of recognizable emotions-from the agony of feeling left out to unbridled joy at celebrating all things pig.—PW

About the Author


Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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My 5 year old is in LOVE with all these books!
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I recommend this book and the series to anyone who is looking to encourage their child to read more.
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I am a first grade teacher and my students can't get enough of these books!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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Gerald the elephant is feeling out of place. It is Pig Day and Gerald's best pal Piggie and all his pig friends are having a great pig time. When Piggie notices Gerald is missing from the celebration, he goes to find him. Will it be a Happy Pig Day for everyone? I'm not going to tell you...read the book! Ha ha!

This book was just awesome. The story is fun and it teaches about friendship and being included. Piggie and Gerald are great characters. My sister who is having some trouble reading actually read the book three times in a row the day we got the book (OK...I have also read the book a couple times -it's just so funny!). Mr. Willems books are some of the best children's books I have ever read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By venom on October 6, 2011
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We love ALL of the Gerald and Piggie books, as well as Pigeon books, by Mo Willems. He is a genius in our home!! My triplet girl absolutely LOVES Piggie and all pigs, so she really enjoyed the book. As for us adults (mommy and daddy) we didn't think that it was as wonderful as the other Gerald & Piggie books. Still very cute and sweet, but not quite up to par as the others. Don't worry. We will always purchase Mo's books. He is fantastic and really knows how to captivate a toddler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I love Mo Willems!

Piggie is celebrating his favourite day "Pig Day" but when he finds his friend Gerald has left the festivities he goes looking for him to find out what is the matter. Can Gerald the Elephant enjoy Pig Day when he is an Elephant. I don't have a lot to say about this book. It's Mo Willems and Elephant & Piggie! You can't go wrong. Fun story with a little lesson about accepting and participating in others' festival or holidays. Illustrations are what we expect from Willems and these books are going to become classics for future generations. The end pages are their usual fun to look at, watch for Pigeon to show up. I'll just say this book is not quite up to par with most of the others in this series. It's cute and fun but didn't quite hit the hilarious mark this time but, hey!, it's still Mo Willems, so that's not saying much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kids Toys purchaser on November 25, 2011
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Bought three of these (one for each family). Elephant and Piggie books are for kids of all ages! Two to three year olds are entranced by the drawings and the alliteration. Four year olds get the joke. Five year olds memorize. Six year olds read. As an adult I find this series funny...and educational in a wacky kind of way. A great gift that will be used over and over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth See on April 10, 2012
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My 6 year old daughter loves the Elephant and Piggie stories. This one is no different. They are great beginner reading books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeeMama on December 23, 2011
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My boys just love this book. They were oinking all the way from the library. (They read it at the library and we read it at home and even returned it late.oops) I am buying it along with other Elephant and Piggie books. My oldest son adores these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Herron on December 23, 2011
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Love love love Mo Willems! I am a first grade teacher and my students can't get enough of these books!! I finally have all the Piggie and Elephant books!!!
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By B. Brewer VINE VOICE on August 29, 2014
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My seven year old LOVES Mo Willems. She continually asks for books that are written by him and will page through and reread his books on a regular basis. For Christmas, all she wanted was a set of his pigeon books--encouraging for a parent to hear that, a BOOK!!

She LOVES this book! She loves it so much that she asked me to buy her a stuffed pig that looks just like the pig in the book. She named her stuffed pig "PIGGIE" and carries it everywhere!

I love his books because the illustrations are awesome and he encourages my daughter to read. THANK YOU, Mo Willems.
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