Paper over Board
64 pages, 9.5 × 7 × 0.5 in
October 15, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423183053
ISBN - 13: 9781423183051
About the Book
Gerald the elephant and Piggie are best friends. In this new story, Piggie has some "ribbit"-ing news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie's new identity? Full color.
From the Publisher
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.
InI'm a Frog!Piggie has someribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie's new identity?
About the Author
Mo Willems(www.pigeonpresents.com), a number oneNew York Timesbest-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (forDon't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity).Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (forThere Is a Bird on Your Head!andAre You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (forWe Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites includeNaked Mole Rat Gets DressedandCity Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.
Piggie teaches her pachyderm pal to pretend. Considering that this is their 20th outing, Elephant seems a little slow on the uptake, but he sees the light eventually. Hopping around her bewildered buddy with many a "Ribbet!" Piggie explains, "I was a pig. Now I am a frog." Gerald the elephant panics, thinking that he too might be transformed at any moment; there's all that hopping, and as for eating flies-! Piggie goes on to explain just what "pretending" is all about. Stunned-"And you can just do that?!" -and assured that even grown-ups pretend, Elephant resists Piggie's invitation to join her in the game. A characteristically hilarious spread depicts the two in heated debate, Piggie's seven pink speech balloons ("Yes you can!") tangling with Elephant's eight gray ones ("No, I can't!"). But he's got the last laugh, going on to let out a mighty "MOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Cue the animal concert. As ever, Willems gives figures drawn with elemental simplicity and broadly expressed reactions just a few, but often very large, dialogue words to tell the tale. Children aren't likely to need the instruction, but the validation may be helpful to counter imagination-repressing parents or older sibs. (Early reader. 4-8)-Kirkus