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Monday, August 8, 2011

Should I Share My Ice Cream - Mo Willems

Released June 2011

Mo Willems
Hyperion Books

Reviewed by Bob Walch

This newest Elephant and Piggie picture book finds Gerald debating whether he wants to share his ice cream cone with his best friend, Piggie. As you can imagine, the elephant weighs all the pros and cons, debates the question internally and then, when he finally makes up his mind – the cone has melted and there’s nothing left to share!

Now this could mark the end of the story, but author Mo Willems has a surprise in store for his reader. There’s more! I loved this ending and won’t ruin it for you by explaining what happens next. Rest assured, though, you’ll love what happens next and, as you would expect, it is totally in keeping with the relationship that Willems has developed between this delightful animal odd couple in the series.

Although the minimalist approach the author employs in the text and the illustrations of these books would not seemingly appeal to a wide audience of children and adults, Mo Willems’ wry sense of humor and his wonderful ability to capture facial expressions on his two characters have made this a hugely successful series of books.

 If you haven’t yet discovered Piggie and Elephant, it is about time you did! 

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