The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems will always hold a warm place, and a silly place, in my heart. When Clare, my beautiful first born, was about to turn one, I asked Rick what the theme should be for her party. Without skipping a beat he said “birthday-themed.” And so I proceeded in a pre-DIY blog, pre-Pinterest world with creating a pretty dynamite birthday-themed birthday party. To this party, my friend Jaime brought her sweet brand new baby Scarlet and a beautiful gift. In that pretty package was a selection of new books for baby Clare including two books by Mo Willems, whom I had never heard of before. Can you remember a time when you hadn’t heard of Elephant and Piggie and Pigeon and Duckling and Knuffle Bunny and Trixie? On that day I read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and There’s a Bird on Your Head for the first time. Since then we have spent so many nights sharing all of Mo Willem’s books, and passing them down from child to child, and also giving them as gifts to anyone we know who needs these beloved (and sometimes ornery) characters in their lives.
The time has now come for 25th and very last Elephant and Piggie book.
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 The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.
And while Elephant and Piggie are busy figuring out who they need to thank, I’d like to say #thankorama to Mo Willems himself for these funny, crazy, heart-warming characters who have played an important roll in my three children’s early years. This may be the last Elephant and Piggie book but we will be learning to read using the library of 25 published books for years to come.
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ABOUT MO WILLEMS
Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).
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