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Elephant & Piggie Book Series by Mo Willems - Early Readers for 4 to 6 years old !

I always keep looking out for books that my daughter enjoys reading or being read to. This gives me an insight into which subjects interest her, what kind of stories and illustrations she enjoys more; especially the ones which make her laugh. There are quite a few humorous books which we came across while we kept exploring books in libraries, book stores, and other platforms. During one such book hunt at the community library, we bumped into this delightfully humourous Elephant and Piggie series written and illustrated by, Mo Willems. Mo Willems, is an Emmy award-winning writer for Sesame Street, author and illustrator of the Pigeon Series, and Knuffle Bunny too.

However, in today's post I will talk about only the Elephant and Piggie Series which has 25-books in all and is a great resource as an Early Reader.
 

Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig are the two main characters in this series who are completely opposite to each other in their personalities. Gerald thinks and worries a lot, whereas Piggie is full of life and playful in her nature. Irrespective of their contrast temperament they get along very well as friends who care for each other and that's precisely the essence of this book series. 

Going further, this series has also wonderfully dealt many challenges & situations which young children experience while growing up, like:
  • how to manage and deal with own feelings, when a friend makes a new friend?
  • is it wise to share things with others?
  • how to brighten up a friend who is sad? 
  • how to support and standby your friend who is trying hard to accomplish something?
  • how to keep your personal space intact without hurting your friends feelings/emotions?

Coming to the age-appropriateness, this series has no age boundaries if you ask me. Though these books are ideal for 4 year olds who are getting started with independent reading but my 7 year old enjoyed it as much including me. She found Gerald and Piggie very funny and literally burst into uncontrollable laughter while reading each and every book from this series. 





This series offers simple and immensely expressive illustrations which compliments the narrative remarkably. You are sure to fall in love with the charming illustration of each and every character wherein with mere hand movements and facial expressions the emotions of the character is communicated wonderfully. 

Told entirely in big comic balloons, graphical conversation allows words to be understood as representing the speech/thoughts of each character in the story; with a repetitive use of familiar phrases. Piggie’s speech balloons are pink and Gerald’s are grey in colour, so it's very evident who is speaking, ruling out any sort of confusion in readers mind. Overall this series serves as a great tool for children trying to be independent readers. They would be able to enjoy the storyline with some great humor while learning to read.

In case you would like to have a look inside the books, then you may watch my video review of this series here 👇




Here is the complete list of 25 Book Series Collection of Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie book set;

1. Today I Will Fly

In Today I will Fly! Piggie wants to fly. But Gerald knows that she cannot – or can she?

2. My Friend is Sad

In My Friend is Sad, Gerald is sad. How can Piggie be happy if Gerald is sad?

3. There is a Bird on Your Head

In There's a Bird on Your Head! Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head – two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend?

4. I am Invited to a Party

In I am Invited to a Party!, Piggie is invited to her first party. But what will she wear? Gerald, the party expert, knows just how to help … or does he?


5. I Love My New Toy

In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie can’t wait to show Gerald her brand-new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?


6. I Will Surprise My Friend!

In I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other, but the best surprise is the one they least expect.


7. Are You Ready to Play Outside?

In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can't wait to go and play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?


8. Watch Me Throw the Ball

In Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald is determined to teach Piggie that ball-throwing is a serious business ... but Piggie is just as determined to have serious fun.


9. Elephants Cannot Dance

In Elephants Cannot Dance!, Piggie tried to teach Gerald some new moves. But will Gerald teach Piggie something even more important?


10. Pigs Make Me Sneeze 

In Pigs Make Me Sneeze!, Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever?


11. I Am Going!

In I Am Going!, Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald she is going. If Piggie goes, who will Gerald skip with, play Ping-Pong with, and wear silly hats with?


12. Can I Play Too?

In Can I Play Too? Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to join in a game of catch. But don't you need arms to catch?


13. We Are in a Book

In We Are in a Book!, Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

14. 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?

15. Should I Share My Ice Cream

In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time?

16. Happy Pig Day

In Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities?


17. Listen to My Trumpet

In Listen to My Trumpet! Piggie can’t wait to play her new instrument for Gerald! But is she ready to listen to his reaction?

18. Let's Go for a Drive

Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road. But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.

19. A Big Guy Took My Ball!

In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?


20. I Am A Frog! 

In I'm a Frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie's new identity?  


21. My New Friend is so Much Fun! 

In My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?

 

22. Waiting Is Not Easy 

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...
 

23. I Really Like Slop 

In I Really Like Slop!, Piggie invites Gerald to try her favorite food….slop. But Gerald is not sure he's going to like it. At all. 


24. I Will Take A Nap 

In I Will Take a Nap! Gerald is tired and cranky. Will Piggie be in his dreams? Or will she keep Gerald from dreaming at all?  


25. The Thank You Book

In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.
 
 

Happy Reading !