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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: An Elephant and Piggie Book
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423183053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423183051
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald the elephant is stunned when Piggie announces he is a frog. “You look like a pig. And your name is Piggie.” So Piggie explains the concept of pretending, which Gerald doesn’t get at all. When Piggie tells Gerald he can pretend, he contends he can’t. This is even slighter than most of the series’ previous books, but it does have a funny surprise ending, and kids get to consider just what it means to pretend. The familiar pictures get their action from Piggie hopping around and their humor from the droll expression on the elephant’s face. New readers will like this because the same word is repeated over and over: ribbit. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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PreS-Gr 1 Elephant and Piggie continue to amuse in this early reader. Piggie pretends to be a ribbiting, jumping frog, and children will catch on quickly and delight in "explaining" to Elephant that his friend is not actually a frog. The story is especially entertaining when Piggie tries to convince Elephant that he, too, can play their banter escalates to a spread of tangled "No, I can't!/Yes, you can!" speech bubbles. True to Willems's style, a white background, minimal color, and charcoal outlines draw focus to the always-changing facial expressions of Elephant and Piggie. With heavy black dashes to signify motion, Piggie practically jumps off the page. The story ends with a playful twist, in which Elephant finally comprehends and pretends to be a cow. I'm a Frog will join the ranks of other well-loved Elephant and Piggie books. Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City—SLJ

Piggie teaches her pachyderm pal to pretend. Considering that this is their 20th outing, Elephant seems a little slow on the uptake, but he sees the light eventually. Hopping around her bewildered buddy with many a "Ribbet!" Piggie explains, "I was a pig. Now I am a frog." Gerald the elephant panics, thinking that he too might be transformed at any moment; there's all that hopping, and as for eating flies-! Piggie goes on to explain just what "pretending" is all about. Stunned-"And you can just do that?!" -and assured that even grown-ups pretend, Elephant resists Piggie's invitation to join her in the game. A characteristically hilarious spread depicts the two in heated debate, Piggie's seven pink speech balloons ("Yes you can!") tangling with Elephant's eight gray ones ("No, I can't!"). But he's got the last laugh, going on to let out a mighty "MOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Cue the animal concert. As ever, Willems gives figures drawn with elemental simplicity and broadly expressed reactions just a few, but often very large, dialogue words to tell the tale. Children aren't likely to need the instruction, but the validation may be helpful to counter imagination-repressing parents or older sibs. (Early reader. 4-8)—Kirkus

Gerald the elephant is stunned when Piggie announces he is a frog. "You look like a pig. And your name is Piggie." So Piggie explains the concept of pretending, which Gerald doesn't get at all. When Piggie tells Gerald he can pretend, he contends he can't. This is even slighter than most of the series' previous books, but it does have a funny surprise ending, and kids get to consider just what it means to pretend. The familiar pictures get their action from Piggie hopping around and their humor from the droll expression on the elephant's face. New readers will like this because the same word is repeated over and over: ribbit. - Ilene Cooper—Booklist

Customer Reviews

My son laughs out loud every time he reads this.
Mica Butler
I've been reading Elephant and Piggie books to my 6 year old for several years now, and we both love them.
Rob
These are not only great books for kids learning to read but they are fun for parents as well.
David A. Malley

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Slenger on October 16, 2013
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Mo Willems has added another fabulous book to the Gerald and Piggy series. This one is about pretending and appropriate for all ages. The author creates a great story through narrative and pictures.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob on November 17, 2013
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I've been reading Elephant and Piggie books to my 6 year old for several years now, and we both love them. "We're in a Book" was the first, and we were both hooked after that. They're as much fun to read as they are for the children to listen to. "I'm a Frog" is a really strong entry. I like it more than the most recent two, "Let's Go For a Drive", and "A Big Kid Took My Ball"; Those were okay, but this one is classic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SP Sandsteel on November 12, 2013
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My 1st grade / 6.5 year old daughter LOVES Elephant and Piggie books. They are by far her favorite, and when this one arrived in the mail, she literally screamed with joy and excitement. She rushed off to her room to read it immediately. My 9 year old was jealous, and got a turn reading it after her little sister was finished.

The little one isn't reading a lot by herself yet, but she will try harder to read the E&P books than with any other book, ever. And the great part is that she can usually figure out most of the words, and there are only a few words in each book that I will have to tell her what they are. The color coded speech boxes really help kids figure out who is speaking as well (as if the drawings don't do that well enough--they DO!). The pictures are also cute and funny, so kids get and stay engaged.

I would definitely recommend these books for kids 3-10. There is enough repetition that kids feel confident about reading it, but not so much that it feels babyish. In fact, the repetition is quite artful and I think it encourages kids to keep trying without being patronizing. If you are hoping your child will read it themselves, if they know the list of 100 sight words, or can sound out most 3-4 letter words, they will at least be able to "help" read and may be able to read the majority of the book. My 6 year old and I like to each be one of the characters (I'm usually Gerald).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sean Helmus on October 18, 2013
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My daughter has almost every book in the series, and this one is by far the funniest and most entertaining. Love Mo Willems!
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“I'm a Frog!” by Mo Willems is twentieth installment in his fun and educational series for kids “Elephant and Piggie”.

This time Piggie pretends being a frog and Gerald is concerned about her change. Therefore Piggie tries to explain him what is she doing by introducing the word “pretend”, but isn't sure does Gerald understand her…

In this last book the author is teaching young readers the word pretending. He’s doing that by disassembling into shorter and easier to pronounce parts while using this new word several times through the book.

Together with other titles from “Elephant and Piggie” series these educational books for the preschool kids can be recommended both due to their illustrations and humor dialogue.

So if you are looking for a book for your child who has just learned to read or a nice book gift for some other preschool kid, with this book as well as the others in this series you just cannot miss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susie Q on October 16, 2013
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Love this text. Elephant is always so anxious! Piggie is always so joyful. We can learn a lot from Piggie!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Super ReviewR on October 30, 2013
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i love the entire piggie and elephant series. all of mo willems books in this series are happy and teach kids kindness or just to be happy. this one is no different! if you are a fan of mo willems, this is another great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacey on October 24, 2013
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The kids love it - and you know kids these days need to be reminded to use their imaginations, which this does. The newer Elephant and Piggie books have not wowed me, so I was not expecting much, but this has quickly become one of my favorite Elephant Piggie Books.
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