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.
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.
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!
I actually do not enjoy these books all that much but my son finds them laugh out loud hilarious! And they are for him so... They are cute, usually have good lessons to glean, have simple but clear illustrations of various emotions, social interactions, friendship issues and facial expressions. This one emphasises finding various fun things to do in any weather, making the best out of situations, helping fiends, cheering others up and thinking of others rather than one's self. My son is 3 and can read them repeatedly, day after day after day after day....
I wish we had found this series when my daughter was younger. We could have been enjoying them for a long time. She is 7 now and reads at an advanced level but these books hold her interest for so many reasons. The illustrations draw her in and she thinks so much about what is happening on every page. Mo Willems is amazing. I can't thiink of any other children's series that compares.
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie books are simply the "Best" books for children learning to read.Why? 1.Great expressions on the characters 2.bold print for easy reading for your children and 3.fun stories! Are You Ready to Play Outside is just another great story by the award winning author! My twin 3 year old boys read this book on a weekly basis.
A delightful story and excellent teaching resource that supports the development of writing skills for young children. Simple pictures allow you to teach children to represent movement in their drawings and both character's feelings change throughout the story. Simple pictures depict only Elephant and Piggie, thus allowing the teacher to focus on setting as well.
My son's grandma bought him this book and two other Elephant and Piggie books. I absolutly love these books they are just so cute and sweet. I like them so much I have just ordered all the other books in the series. I just love how the two totally opposite animals are such good friends. Their friendship is inspiring......Oh yeah my son loves them too!
My nieces and nephews all love Elephant and Piggie. I have been buying the books for them over time and have almost all of them. So, this past Christmas, they bought me the Elephant and Piggie stuffed animals. I use them to act out the books like it's drawn. It makes the books even more fun, but beware bedtime reading now takes much longer. :)
Love Elephant and Piggie books and this one is no different. There is often an unexpected twist in the books, which is delightful. I like how the talk bubbles are in different colors so kids learn who is speaking what parts. I like how text is used to teach reading without a mono tone of voice. My kids (and the grown ups!) love them.