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!
About the Book: We Are In A Book! (An elephant and piggie book) by Mo Willems
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (September 14, 2010)