I Broke My Trunk! (Elephant & Piggie)

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

I Broke My Trunk! (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 Broke My Trunk! Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own?

Once again, Mo Willems creates another hilarious escapade starring the Geisel Award-winning duo. Vetted by an early-learning specialist, I Broke My Trunk! will have readers breaking into laughter left and right!
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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K--Gerald the Elephant recounts to Piggie the crazy story of how he broke his trunk. When he was playing with Hippo, he had the idea to lift him with his trunk. As Gerald tells Piggie, "a hippo on your trunk is heavy." But there is more to it. Rhino shows up and he wants a turn, so Gerald lifts them both onto his trunk, and so on, until he has lifted Hippo, Rhino, and Hippo's big sister and her piano on his trunk. As readers expect, there is more to the story of Gerald's bandaged trunk than first imagined. Willems's now classic and predictable formula, complete with an uncluttered background, large-type word balloons, and expressive characters, is as effective as ever. The style may now be familiar, but the "Elephant & Piggie" stories remain fresh, amusing, and relevant to readers, who will sit on the edge of their seats as they eagerly anticipate the surprising turn of events. A winning addition to the series.--Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Elephant and Piggie remain in the storytelling mode of We Are In A Book! (2010). After showing up with a bandaged proboscis, Elephant proceeds to tell the "long crazy story" of how it happened. Memory bubbles let us follow along: first Elephant lifted Hippo with his trunk ("Why?" asks Piggie. "Because!" Elephant answers). But that is not what broke his trunk, and neither is the addition of Rhino and Hippo's sister and Hippo's sister's piano. As usual, Willems' use of pastel colors and vast white backdrops work minimalist wonders, making this another fine outing of this most dependable of series. - Booklist

awsome book

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its very funny

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781423133094
Lexile Measure
-
Guided Reading Level
G
Publisher
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date
February 08, 2011
Series
Elephant & Piggie
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002200 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
JUV002080 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
Library of Congress categories
Pigs
Swine
Storytelling
Elephants
Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss)
Honor Book 2012 - 2012
Cybils
Winner 2011 - 2011

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