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Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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K-Gr 2—Gerald and Piggie are sharing another adventure in the latest book in the series. The expected large print, spare dialogue, and bubble delivery make it easy to read. Gerald loses patience with Piggie when he is told that a surprise is in store but that he must wait for it. His reactions include producing several loud GROANS and reminding Piggie repeatedly that waiting is NOT easy. Piggie knows that the surprise is worth the wait, but she has to keep Gerald there to see it. The simple words and expressive illustrations, as always, reveal the fact that we often overlook the obvious and that there is beauty all around us. Nothing brings greater joy than sharing that beauty with our friends. VERDICT This original story is about friendship, but it also offers insights into human emotions.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
*"These books will easily take their place alongside Seuss and Eastman as classics in the beginning-reader genre."―The Bulletin (starred review)
PRAISE FOR THE ELEPHANT & PIGGIE SERIES
*"These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse early-reader and picture-book audiences, alike."―School Library Journal (starred review)
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For those of you who might be unfamiliar with this series, Elephant and Piggie is a series of easy readers featuring a neurotic elephant and his friend Piggie, who is a nice foil for Gerald. The books are very silly; there is usually a misunderstanding, and quite a bit of comic relief. The text is simple, and the character speak via voice bubbles, using simple language like,
"I have a surprise for you!"
"Yay! What is it?"
"The surprise is a surprise!"
The illustrations enhance the simple text. Elephant and Piggie are put up against a white background. This allows emphasis to be placed on facial expressions and body language. This is a wonderful tool for helping children understand how a character is feeling.
Waiting Is Not Easy is a wonderful entry in the franchise. The snippet of text I shared is from the beginning of the book. Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, and he is very excited. The only problem is that Gerald literally can't deal with waiting, and he gets more and more anxious about the surprise. He groans audibly, and his groan voice bubble even knocks Piggie over. She remains patient with him, and the payoff when the surprise is revealed proves to be worth the wait.
My three girls (7,5,5) loved this story. They giggled at Gerald's impatience, and they enjoyed the surprise. The Elephant and Piggie books don't always have a lesson at the end, so I appreciated that this story conveyed the message that good things come to those who wait.
I would absolutely recommend Waiting Is Not Easy to preschoolers through children in the early years of elementary school. The voice bubble format makes this an ideal story to act out with an emerging reader. I know that we will continue to enjoy this story, just like the rest of the Elephant and Piggie stories.
It also has a good lesson for children...good things come to those who wait! Whenever my daughter is being impatient or whiny and I tell her "waiting is not easy, is it?" she immediately smiles and says piggie! Impatience is something that everyone deals with, and in this book Gerald the Elephant is having an internal struggle of not wanting to wait for Piggie's surprise. He goes back and forth between waiting and getting frustrated by the fact that Piggie's surprise is not ready right now! In the end he waits and the surprise is well worth it.
I do appreciate that this book has such an important lesson, but is also fun to read and my daughter gets really into it! Well worth every penny and I think my husband and I will buy her a few more Elephant and Piggie books for her birthday coming up! Great book to add to any children's book collection.
This latest book by Willems falls in line with many of his masterpieces. As always, sparse on text and thus readable by early readers, but beautifully illustrated and with a sharp wit which will leave big and little readers in stitches. Your kids will love this book. You will love this book (but may not admit it to other adults). On par with his "Pigeon" books, this series is perfect in any household.
A must buy for Willems fans.
You are such a clever fellow. You did it again👍 Just when I thought your books couldn't get any better, you surprise me. This was a super book for my little preschoolers and I am sure older children would love it as well. As we all know, sometimes it isn't easy to wait for upcoming events. Even most of us adults:) I am always looking for great books to give my preschoolers for special times. I think this will be on my christmas list this year.
The book is an adorable addition to the elephant and pig collection!