I Really Like Slop! (Elephant & Piggie)

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

I Really Like Slop! (Elephant & Piggie)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Really Like Slop!, Piggie invites Gerald to try her favorite food . . . slop. But Gerald is not so sure he's going to like it. At all.
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Elephant and Piggie are back! This time Piggie has created...slop. When Gerald gets a whiff of the pea-green concoction and sees flies buzzing around the bowl, he asks Piggie if it is supposed to smell that way. With the exaggerative flair Willems is known for, as Piggie sniffs, her hat pops off, eyes bulge, and her head turns from turquoise to orange before she answers "Yessssss!" Piggie is eager for her best friend to try the recipe, but Gerald emphatically refuses. Seeing that he has upset his friend, Gerald changes his mind. Willems successfully executes the tension in the tasting scene by using two pages to zoom in on Gerald's face as a dot of slop touches his tongue. Gerald turns four shades of bright colors before transforming into a yellow and purple polka-dotted elephant. As he begins to return to his normal gray self, Piggie asks if he liked it. Although Gerald confesses that he does not, he shares that he is glad he tried it, because that is what friends do for each other. Variance in text size and melodramatic facial expressions will help readers understand how the two pals feel throughout the story. Elephant and Piggie fans will enjoy the new twist of bright colors used in contrast against the signature gray and pink hues. VERDICT Through a story line and illustrations that produce rollicking laughter, Elephant and Piggie once again share with young readers what it means to be a friend.--Beth Parmer, New Albany Elementary Library, OH

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Review quotes

PRAISE FOR THE ELEPHANT & PIGGIE SERIES * "Accessible, appealing, and full of authetic emotions about what makes friendships tick, these titles will put a contemporary shine on easy reader collections."—Booklist (starred review)
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date
October 27, 2015
Elephant & Piggie
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002200 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
JUV002080 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Library of Congress categories
Food habits

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