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We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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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.
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.
It's no secret that we are HUGE fans of Mo Willems in this house, and this recent Elephant and Piggie book is one of our favorites!
I have to tell the story of how this book came into our home, bear with me for a quick minute.
Last week, my Kindergartner came home from his 100th day of school celebration with 100 pieces of candy - NOT my idea, by the way. After school, we drove over to our local indie bookstore, Clinton Book Shop, where I picked up a great book for myself and one for The 8 Year Old. The 6 year old was looking around, and came to me holding We Are In A Book! by Mo Willems - The 6 Year Old can spot his artwork from 50 feet away.
I offered him a trade - 90 pieces of his candy for We Are In A Book!. He looked at the book, and I could see his little mind going, taking a mental inventory of the candies that were in his bag. Finally, he put his hand out and said "DEAL!"
The 6 Year Old was giggling in the backseat all the way home from the bookshop, and couldn't wait to read it to me again that night before bed...and the next night...and the next night.
Let me tell you something, even though sugar makes my kids loony, this book has given us all more laughs than a pound of candy could have offered. Elephant (Gerald) and Piggie, who are old friends to us at this point, are sitting comfortably when they realize they are being watched...by the reader! They realize that the reader is reading the little word bubbles on the page. Then, Piggie gets a great idea - he wants to see if he can make the reader say a funny word. Elephant, Piggie, and my little reader think this is a hilarious game!
Not only does the humor in We Are In A Book! not get old, it ENCOURAGES the kids to read the book themselves. Even when I offer to read the book to him, my little guy refuses. Happy mom, I am!
My new favorite Mo Willems book! Love it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book lends itself perfectly to fun character voices. Not the best artwork though.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Mo Willems is a wonderfully creative writer. Want a book that makes your whole family smile, you never get tired of reading these books. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Laura Winstead
Cutest book I've purchased in ages. Very basic but very cute. Now a fan will prob be buying whole series.Published 13 days ago by Ni
We got this book for my son as a gift and loved it so much that we bought it for my niece for her birthday. Mo Willems books are just so much fun and this is no exception. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amanda
My daughter will eventually have every Elephant and Piggie book written. Perfection!Published 28 days ago by Hank Sinatra
This might be my favorite Elephant and Piggie book. My almost 3 year old recites it to herself, and cracks us up. "Banana...so funny..."Published 1 month ago by 99balloons
Both my kids (ages 3 and 5) are obsessed with this series. Clever, funny, and meta, there's enough here to keep mom and dad from fatigue after the thousandth read through.Published 1 month ago by Grabowski
This is such a cute series. My 6 year old loves the stories and he also loves that he can read them himself.Published 1 month ago by Bethap916
Love the series of books. Only reason why I put a 3 star is because my product had pages that were torn as seen in imagesPublished 1 month ago by Brandi