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Monday, February 7, 2011

We Are in a Book - Mo Willems

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

With over a dozen titles in this series featuring Elephant and Piggie, the odd couple of children’s literature, Mo Willems creative talent hasn’t yet
been exhausted, although you might think so in this latest picture book.

The book opens with Elephant telling Piggie, “I think someone is looking at us.” Piggie glares out at the reader and then shouts “A reader! A reader is reading us! We are in a book!”

Wow! “THAT IS SO COOL!” Elephant exclaims. “We are being read!” Once they know who is “looking at them” the duo (actually it is Piggie’s idea) decides to make the reader say the word “Banana!”

That sends Elephant into hysterical laughter, but the mirthful moment ends quickly when he realizes that the book will soon end. “This book is going too fast!” shouts Elephant. “I have more to give! More words, More jokes!”

Oh dear, what a dilemma. But then Piggie, as usual, has a good idea. Of course, I’m not going to share the solution that the resourceful and quick witted pig comes up with. You’ll have to read the book to see what it is!

An excellent early reader for the younger set, this latest Elephant & Piggie book will not only let them help with the reading chores, but it will also allow the children to interact with the two characters in a very clever way. In fact, everyone in the family will enjoy this new picture book and its wonderful characters.

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