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We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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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; 1 edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423133080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423133087
  • 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 (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–Make room for another satisfying episode in the escapades of lovable Elephant (aka Gerald) and Piggie. This time the best buddies star in a witty metafictional romp replete with visual gags, such as Piggie hanging from a speech bubble and Elephant blocking the author's name on the title page. Willems revs up the fun when the friends realize that someone is watching. Who can it be? Cautious Gerald asks, “A monster?” while savvy Piggie answers, “No. It is...a reader! A reader is reading us!” Mirth ensues as the delightful creatures comprehend a newfound power: “If the reader reads out loud,” they can make the reader say words. Piggie decides upon “Banana” and Gerald's sidesplitting laughter proves contagious for all involved. But, when Gerald learns that books end, with Piggie demonstrating by turning the bottom corner of the page to see how many are left, he shouts, “This book is going too fast! I have more to give!” Not to worry–the ever-resourceful Piggie has Gerald ask, “Will you please read us again?” Beginning readers will grant Gerald's request, while grown-ups will marvel at Willems's extraordinary ability to animate his personality-packed gray and pink characters with the widest range of emotions, all drawn with the simplest of line.–Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schoolsα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In their latest pairing, Elephant and Piggie are finally ready to get meta. Realizing that their trademark blank background is, in fact, a page, the duo has a blast convincing the reader to say funny things out loud—until Piggie mentions that the book will soon end. Cue Elephant’s existential crisis: “WHEN WILL THE BOOK END!?!” From there on, it’s a cute—but never too heady—play on the physical object that the reader is holding, including a bit where Piggie appears to flip the pages forward to get a sense of how much time they have left. Willems’ satisfying (if self-serving) solution? Read it again! Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus

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Customer Reviews

This book is just too cute and funny.
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My kids love this book and have a good laugh every time they read it.
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I highly recommend this book for any beginning readers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By John X Crimmins on September 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I brought this book home from the library last week, as I do with everything that Mo Willems writes. My oldest, a 1st grader, read the book aloud and laughed repeatedly at the silliness. Admittedly, I got to hear "Banana!" a lot more than I really wanted that night, but that's the price you pay for quality fiction.

My youngest, a toddler, curled up with the book on the floor and leafed through it again and again, giggling hysterically at the pictures. He particularly loves Piggie leaning forward to stare at the reader, but the illustrations, so clear and expressive and silly, are all wonderful.

And me, I'm really looking forward to using the book in a storytime next week. Interactive books like this, like There Are Cats in This Book or The Monster at the End of this Book, are perfect selections to read to groups of preschoolers. They love being able to become part of the story.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Diana on October 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We are big fans of Gerald and Piggie, and of Mo Willems in general, and this is a pitch perfect book for both kids and adults. With what is probably a nod to Grover in the immortal classic The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book), Gerald and Piggie practically jump from the page to engage the reader. I read this book during a (child free) stroll in the bookstore, and basically made a fool of myself laughing uncontrollably, but the book is such a delightful joy that I couldn't have cared less. Don't hesitate, Readers - this is a classic for your permanent library. Thanks, Mo!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By PH-50-NC on December 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"....I think [We Are In a Book] is perhaps the most profound document of our time. It is about Elephant and Piggy, as they are 1.) sitting in the book and realizing that you are reading their book, 2.) watching you read the book, and then 3.) realizing that the book will come to an end. And getting increasingly anxious about what it would mean for the book to come to an end, what will happen to them. It's a meditation about textuality, and mostly, it's a meditation about death. It is about the consciousness of death. It is spooky--I read this book once, briefly, about four days ago at a friend's house, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head. It is a cheerful, and loving, and magnificent piece of art, and yet, at the same time, it will haunt your dreams. I strongly suggest you get it....it's like [The Monster at the End of This Book], but it's more profound than that. I mean, that's a fantastic book, don't get me wrong, but the Elephant and Piggy book is...really, is grim." -David Plotz, Slate.com's Political Gabfest, 2011/12/02.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By batkim12 on October 13, 2010
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This is the best kids book I've ever read. Mo Willems is always awesome but this one goes above and beyond. It may help to have read a few other Elephant and Piggie books to get to know the characters first, but even if you've never seen another, its fantastic. Lots of breaking the forth wall going on in here and its done amazingly fantastically well. All the Elephant and Piggie books are fantastic, My kids love them and so do my husband and I.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Rinder on June 26, 2011
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My 3-year-old grandson loves this book and so do I. As always with Mo Willems, the illustrations are delightful; Piggie looking back at you as you read the book is hilarious. The trick Elephant plays on the reader never fails to delight my grandson. (Who knew the work "Banana" was so funny?) And then it gets even better as Elephant realizes it is almost over. This book is one clever twist after another.

The best part is that my grandson started to act out the story, crying out "I have more to give!" over breakfast. The world is a better place with Mo Willems in it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Jobe on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are two things that really make this book stand out and capture the attention of young and old alike. The first is the bare bones illustrations. There is no background behind Elephant and Piggie and this does an excellent job at highlighting the gestures and faces that the two make. This ties in to the second reason this book is so excellent. Everything is said with genuine emotion and the theme of the book allows the child to become apart of the experience. Your child will love shouting "Bananas!" and curling up with laughter with Elephant and Piggie!

My daughter is an Elephant and Piggie fan, but this is the first book in the series that I read myself. I heard my daughter reading the book and ended up laughing out loud and taking a glance at the illustrations and laughing some more. I ended up reading the book myself and really loved it. We got the book from the library, but I definitely plan on picking up a copy of our own!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan on March 3, 2014
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THIS was my first Gerald and Piggie book and got me and my class hooked on the Mo Willems series. My grandchildren, ages 2, 3, 4, and 5 love the series. This book, in particular, can be very interactive on many levels. Please treat yourself and your family to the fun and enjoyment. NOT TO BE MISSED!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SAlaska VINE VOICE on June 5, 2014
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My criteria for kids' books is that they need to be entertaining enough to keep me from wanting to jump into a bathtub of forks rather than read it again. Because we just read it. And we read it last night/before yesterday's nap/while waiting for dinner to finish in the oven, etc. And we will read it again tomorrow and the next day.

The illustrations alone make this one worth it for me. Seemingly simple, there's enough depth of emotion in the little details that you'll see something new for at least the first 20 times you read it. I recommend attention to Piggie's eyebrows; they are hilarious little guys.

This book is also quite engaging for kids. There are several places where Elephant and Piggie address their audience directly. My teeny listeners looove that part.

I'm working on buying every Mo Willems book out there. I have nine nieces and nephews, and I'm pretty sure that number will only grow. There are a lot of years of reading aloud ahead of me. While I love that they love being read to, I'm going to need the good stuff to go the distance. Mo Willems always delvers.
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