Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review: Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

I am always delighted to introduce Mo Willems to a new parent! 

In Can I Play Too? Elephant and Piggie set off to play catch, when a new friend comes along...snake.  But, can snake play catch?  The seemingly simple illustrations beautifully capture Elephant and Piggie's concern over snake's feelings, and their determination in including him in their fun.  After all, they don't want ANYONE to feel left out!

Not only is this a fun book to read aloud, but my son is at an age where he pretty much has this one memorized after only a few readings and asks me to read it over and over again.  This truly is one of the best of the best picture books!   You can never go wrong with Mo Willems!

We love Mo Willems in our house, and I'm always amazed when I meet parents who haven't yet discovered his books.  If you haven't read Mo Willems to your little ones yet, go forth and introduce your family to Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and the rest of the gang - you won't be disappointed!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting, albeit briefly, Mo Willems at The Book Expo (BEA). He was signing a few of his newer books, including Can I Play Too? He was kind and gracious, even with hundreds of people on line. He personalized a book to my younger son, who is an even bigger fan of Willems's work than my older son was at his age. What a special keepsake to have in our library - many thanks to Mo Willems and Hyperion!

Book Extras:
Visit Mo Willems on the web.
Mo Willems Blog
The Pigeon has his own site!

About the Book:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423119916
ISBN-13: 978-1423119913

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