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A Big Guy Took My Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) (An Elephant and Piggie Book (19)) Hardcover – May 21, 2013
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Piggie is happily wandering along, being her cute Piggie self, and she finds a ball and starts to play with it. Then a "big guy" came along and took the ball from Piggie, who ran to Gerald. Gerald, in all his best friend valor, was infuriated with this big guy, who was making all the other "big guys" look bad! He decided to handle it himself, stand up for his friend, and get that ball back! If you want to know the rest, you'll need to order the book. ;)
The writing style is so imaginative, yet simple enough that the books make for excellent early reading practice. My 4-year old picked up this book, obviously for the first time ever, and he read the whole thing aloud to us! Actually this book gave us the perfect opportunity to start talking about punctuation and tone, and I showed my son how the squiggly lines are question marks, and they help us to know when the sentence is actually a question. Also, the various sizes of text, as well as using bold and italicized font, help the reader learn how and where to emphasize the dialogue!
Once again, we are so happy with Mr. Willems' writing! Everything about the story, text, illustrations, and (shhhh) learning lessons come together to create a great book! I'm so happy we ordered this one, and at such an affordable price too!
Our 3 year-old and our 5 year-old both love his book and the story is written in a way that early readers will be able to attempt reading these on their own (though both my kids have this story pretty much memorized). I recommend this for any family with small children, especially if reading time is an important daily activity.
Rating: 4 Stars – We adore Mo Willems
"A Big Guy Took My Ball" was not initially one of her favorite Piggie and Gerald books, but after she read it a couple of times, she started talking about how funny it was that everyone made assumptions based on their size (like "big guys have all the fun") and how wrong they were and how everyone kind of thought the same thing and was alike in the end. What a great lesson to get from a fun beginning book!
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