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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 140L (What's this?)
  • Series: An Elephant and Piggie Book
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113478
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—In a refreshing reversal of their usual roles, the often-despondent Gerald proves to be a valuable friend to exuberant Piggie when her own naturally sunny disposition fails her. Fretful about the sudden rain that threatens to ruin an afternoon of running, skipping, and jumping, Piggie declares emphatically that she is "not a happy pig." Poor Gerald patiently weathers the rain and her brief tantrum and, as readers might expect, the pair soon make the most of the situation. Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words themselves are manageable for young readers, and these endearing and distinctly developed characters have great child appeal. With a cameo appearance by the Pigeon on the final endpaper, this is a winning addition to the author's canon.—Neala Arnold, St. Francis Elementary School, MN
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Gerald the elephant and his friend Piggie are outdoors and ready to play when a drop of rain falls “PLINK!” on Piggie’s head. Watching her high-spirited mood dive precipitously through annoyance toward despair, Gerald extends an ear to shelter her. Soon, though, two ecstatic worms cavorting in the rain inspire them to find happiness in wet-weather play. The characters quickly shifting moods provide plenty of laughs, as well as food for thought, in this amiable entry in the Elephant and Piggie beginning-reader series. Willems again combines simplicity and wit to create a child-pleasing text that works beautifully with the cartoon-style illustrations. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan

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They are fun to read and my son loves them too!
Sheila
My 4 year old daughter loves all of the books and has most of the Elephant and Piggie books memorized.
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Kids think they are funny and they are fun to read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Becker on December 2, 2008
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The first grade readers I share these books with adore them! They were so excited to see a new adventure. Living in rainy Seattle, my readers can identify with Piggie's frustration about not being able to enjoy playing outside on a rainy day. As always with the Elephant and Piggie series, the expressions on the faces of the characters, the clear body language, and the simple-- but wonderfully funny-- dialogue help early readers experience all the drama and humor as they read the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bayou Bookworm on December 5, 2008
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Mo Willems is one of the best writers in children's literature today. The Elephant and Piggie books are great for little ones learning to read. Mr. Willems has a unique gift for making books with few words and simple illustrations laugh-out-loud funny.

My 4 year old daughter loves all of the books and has most of the Elephant and Piggie books memorized. She loves to read them aloud. She also loves to look for the sly appearances of characters from the other books that Mr. Willems includes in every book he writes.

Bottom line: Great books for kids and fun for Mom and Dad, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Brainerd on December 19, 2008
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Parents and teachers of emergent readers, it doesn't get better than Elephant and Piggie books! This new release just joined the others in the series as my kindergartners' favorite books to read and reread. They love the tender friendship of Gerald and Piggie and love to read Gerald's gray text words and Piggie's pink words in deep elephant and squeaky pig voices. Brief, easily memorized text and lots of high frequency words make these books highly successful for early readers. Can't wait for the two new releases in March and June!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy Malone on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This series is up at the top of the all time best learning-to-read books.
Both of my kids love these books and were very proud to be able to read all 57 pages without getting worn out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on September 15, 2009
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Another sparkling gem from the master Mo Willems. When a sudden rain storm threatens Gerald and Piggie's fun day in the outdoors, what do good friends do? The illustrations are as moving and hilarious as ever and the lesson is charming. Great read-aloud.
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We *LOVE* Elephant & Piggie books in our family! So simple but convey so much emotion that kids of all ages can identify with. If you love to laugh, these books are for you. We've read every one of them, and not one is a disappointment! You just really can't go wrong with any one of these totally cute, funny books. The bonus? These books turned around a situation that was developing into a big negative and struggle.

In kindergarten, my son picked up reading with ease. By the end he was freakishly excellent at reading and testing four grades ahead of his own. Enter next in line, sister. In kindergarten, she is a regular kid and reading comes to her at the usual speed. This would be fine if she hadn't already been reading with brother super-reader, setting her expectations unreasonably high for herself. My kids and I have been reading before bed every night since they were born, and since becoming old enough, the three of us together, every night. My daughter was keenly aware of her brother's reading development as he had taken over the duties from me. As my daughter began to read, the requirement from school was for her to read at home. Her experience was quickly becoming a very negative one as she would struggle with every word, and her brother would become impatient and want to help, further frustrating her... and on it went every night. She was exhausted and frustrated by the end of 10min. I feared she would end up like me - never reading a book unless assigned in school, until her brother was born, because I read so slow and couldn't keep up with my own attn. span. I also recognized that the books for her reading level contained many words that were above her abilities, not real words (further confusing things) and frankly, above the reading level of the target audience.
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Gerald and Piggie are planning to play outside all day. And they are going to have a blast doing it. That is until it starts to rain. Now how can they have fun playing outside?

This may be the first book in the picture book series I haven't loved. Even on a second read, I still don't find it as enchanting as the others. While I like the lesson of making the best of a bad circumstance (and I love to spend time outside in the rain), Piggie's whining gets to me.

Frankly, I think that's my biggest issues. Why is it Piggie that is whining and complaining about the rain and Gerald trying to cheer her up? That seems to be out of character for the two of them. My guess is it needed to be that way for the jokes, especially the final gag.

Yes, the book is still charming. I like the idea of being flexible presented and Gerald's constant efforts to make Piggie happy. But this is still a weak entry in an otherwise outstanding series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mzchordz on October 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
this is a great book for a rainy day - if you're willing to go play in the rain! Cute, like all the other elephant/pig books.
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