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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. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as an Honor (for We Are in a Book!). 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 with his family in Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: An Elephant and Piggie Book
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423154045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423154044
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Barton on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This installment in the Mo Willems "Piggie and Elephant" franchise, "Listen to My Trumpet", has Piggie wowing Gerald with her new trumpet. Gerald listens. Gerald winces. Sadly, she's no Satchmo. Gerald tries to think of nice things to say that will not hurt Piggies feelings:

1. it's "shiny"
2. it's "loud"
3. Piggie "holds it well"

But of course much as she likes hearing that stuff -- that is not enough for Piggie. She wants more -- she wants to know what he REALLY thinks! And Gerald, being a great friend, conscientiously decides he should tell her the truth -- albeit as gently as possible.

It has a fun twist at the end, and once again shows children though the charming relationship between these two best friends, exactly what being a true friend is all about -- honesty, love, trust, compassion and concern.
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Gerald the elephant's eyes widened as Piggy came running at him, calling his name and offering him a stool. "Sit! Sit! Sit!" Piggy was all excited and ran off as soon as Gerald was sitting on that teeny weeny stool. She quickly came back with a trumpet in hand, announced her find, and snuggled up to Gerald and asked if he wanted to hear her play. Of course he did. After all, that's what friends are for. Piggy smiled as she hugged her trumpet and got ready to play.

Piggy blew and he blew and she blew until she got red in the face. Gerald was taken aback and then all of a sudden "Bluuuurrk!" It was a horrible sound that knocked poor Gerald right off the stool. It was so bad that even his nose crinkled up in shock. Piggy exclaimed, "Wait. That was not right." No, it was not right, it was awful. Piggy peered into her trumpet and "Bl-ap! Fr-ip! Br-ip! Vr-ip!" tried again. Things went from bad to worse and then Piggy wanted to know what Gerald thought of her playing. What would happen if he told her the truth? Would they still be friends?

Gerald and Piggy's friendship is tested by some pretty bad trumpet playing. This is yet another inimitable Mo Willems book about this charming duo. Everyone from the preschooler to the adult can't help but fall in love with them. Nonreader and emergent readers will enjoy "reading" along with an adult. Youngsters everywhere will love Piggy's hilarious antics and her less than stellar musical talents. The artwork is bold and expressive. I particularly how Willems caught every nuance on Gerald's face. Can he really face the music? You'll just have to add this one to your list and find out?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DBRB on March 12, 2012
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I have read this with several of my art classes and the kids LOVED the book. They loved the noises Piggy makes with her trumpet; they loved hearing me try to imitate the sounds Piggy made! Many of my most reluctant readers could not get enough of it and wanted to know if the school library had this one. Wow! A book that makes kids WANT to read! Not bad!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a reader on February 27, 2012
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The Elephant and Piggie series is a sure thing with our 3yo (and 8yo for that matter), and this installment is no exception. Kids just love it, and it respects adults' intelligence. No big surprises there.

I found it interesting that Willems apparently changed his drawing techniques a little for this one: the lines have a varied thickness and are thicker overall, with some texture. It's more expressive, though at first it seemed more primitive. Elephant and Piggie are still inimitably themselves, yet just a little different. I like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Ervin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Every one of Mo Willem's books are great. I think that Gerald and Piggie are my favorites though. I love them as do all of the children I have had the pleasure of reading to them. I love it when the kids giggle and tee-hee over their escapades. I think Mo Willems has done so much for children's literature and creating such a love of books in young people. Listen to My Trumpet is one of his best but then all of his books are the best. Keep on writing please, Mr. Willems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele Grooms on March 14, 2012
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Another hit by Mo Willems. My child fell in love with is writing and beloved Piggie and Elephant around age 3 and has been a fan ever since (now 5 yo). Lots of fun sounds that Piggie makes and it's only until the end we find out what he's really trying to make with his trumpet. Great gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mzchordz on October 4, 2013
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Maybe I'm overdoing the "trumpet" sounds, but this book exhausts me when I'm reading it to my daughter! It's not as funny as the others, but it seems to entertain my daughter when I almost hurt myself making ugly trumpet noises.
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My kids and I love all the Mo Willems "Elephant and Piggie" books. (Not a fan of his "Pigeon" books.) They have simple vocabulary, and lots of repetition of the same phrases, in case you have the fortitude to try to get your kid to read the words to you, but they are cleverly worded, cleverly illustrated, and somehow gripping, so I usually end up giving in and just reading right through them. I wish I had saved them aside until my girls were really learning to read to themselves--the plot and humor draw you on in a way that most learning-to-read books do not--but I looked them over, realized how much my kids would like them, and got them out too soon.

Ultimately, I think I bought all the books in this series, mostly in hard cover. The physical quality of the books is good, heavy weight paper, great font, good, sharp, tight binding, and the group of books lined up on the shelf together are such a pleasing sight to one of my daughters, she has slowly expanded her "collection" by acquiring ones from her sisters' rooms.
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