The Good for Nothing Button! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #3)

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

The Good for Nothing Button! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #3)

Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something!

The hilarious debate that follows takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that pokes at the power of imaginative play.

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Kirkus Reviews

Here’s hoping Harper will oblige with more stories starring these birds.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Harper's hilarious entry in the series will press readers' buttons as they encounter three birds who experience surprise, sadness, happiness, anger, and more. Yellow Bird brings a red button on a brown base to Red Bird and Blue Bird, and Yellow Bird says, "The button does nothing." As the birds take turns pressing the button, their actions trigger feelings. Blue Bird says, "The button is SO easy to press. It surprised me! A surprise is NOT nothing." When Red Bird presses the button, she says, "The button did not surprise me." And she is sad about that. Blue Bird points out, "Sad is NOT nothing!" When Blue Bird and Red Bird experience happiness from pressing the button, Yellow Bird becomes angry and says, "It is a Good for NOTHING Button!" Yellow Bird's raging insistence inspires Red and Blue Bird to laugh and become happy, concluding that "the button can do EVERYTHING!" This story will be enjoyed by prereaders and by emerging and fluent readers alike and will support extension activities. VERDICT A valuable addition to beginning reader collections.--Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date
May 20, 2017
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!
BISAC categories
JUV002040 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories

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