Happy Pig Day! (Elephant & Piggie)

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

Happy Pig Day! (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 Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities? Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt story about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party!


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Publishers Weekly

It's "the best day of the year"--Happy Pig Day! Piggie goes hog-wild with his porcine friends, but Gerald feels left out and shrinks away. After Piggie finds his friend, Gerald works himself into an existential meltdown: "I do not have a snout. I do not have hooves! I am not pink! I want to say, 'Happy Pig Day' in Pig! But I am not a pig." As always, Willems's delightfully mismatched best friends communicate with bold declarations and gestural expressions that convey a vast range of recognizable emotions--from the agony of feeling left out to unbridled joy at celebrating all things pig. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3--Beginning readers will delight in this funny tale. Gerald and Piggie are celebrating "The day of the pig" with pig songs, pig dances, pig food, pig games, and friends wishing one another "oinky, oink oink," which is "pig for Happy Pig Day!" Gerald the elephant seems genuinely interested in this celebration until Piggie's friends start speaking "pig" and he feels left out. The animated characters convey emotion and humor; masterful use of white space and comic-style text bubbles will inspire repeated readings. Another hit for Willems.--Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Mo Willems

LeUyen Pham is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Gracefor President by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberryby Julianne Moore and God's Dreamby Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pham has also written and illustrated her own works, including All the Things I Love About Youand Big Sister, Little Sister. A former animator for DreamWorks, shelives with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles.

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Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781423143420
Lexile Measure
170L
Guided Reading Level
G
Publication date
October 20, 2011
Series
Elephant & Piggie
Age Range
4 - 8 years
Golden Archer Award
Nominee 2013

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