Happy Pig Day! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) (Hardcover)
With young children at home and as the children's book buyer at BookPeople, I spend more time reading children's books than adult and we have been reading a lot of early readers at home this year with our favorites being Mo Willems "Piggy and Elephant" and Kate DicCamillo's "Mercy Watson" series. These are hilarious, engaging, colorful and dynamic books that pull in even the most reluctant early reader. I love that they are equally fun to listen to repeatedly and don't drive me crazy with their redundancy. The humor is palpable and the characters in both series interact with each other in manners that my kids find completely relatable. In the "Piggy and Elephant" book, Mo Willems uses dialogue between these two friends to tell the story and inflection, punctuation and emotion are intrinsically taught through the writing style. We started reading this series in a "buddy read" style and now the kids read them independently and I can always hear the chortles and loud laughs throughout the house regardless of how many times they are being reread. Kate DiCamillo's "Mercy Watson" series is a perfect first chapter book series that, while numbered 1-6, can be read in any order. They feature Mr. and Mrs. Watson, their pet pig Mercy and a host of other characters. Mercy's love of buttered toast, unintentional heroic antics and equally unintentional mischief have captured my kids and paved the way to the world of chapter books!— Jesica
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
In Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities?Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt story about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party!
Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.
Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.