February 1, 2011
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems
Gerald the Elephant and Piggie are at it again. Gerald is the first one to notice that something is up. In fact, someone . . . or something . . . may be watching them.
Piggie, always the bolder of the two, investigates and discovers the truth — the pair is being watched. But not by a monster. They are being watched by a reader.
The situation is cool enough to overcome Gerald’s reserved nature and soon he is turning flips and plotting with Piggie to play a trick on the reader. What kind of trick? You’ll have to take the chance of being victimized to find out.
Think you can outsmart a cartoon pig and a cartoon elephant? Maybe you can and maybe you can’t but either way you’re sure to have a good laugh.
Although our family still reads at bedtime, we very seldom read aloud anymore, instead each reading our own book. Willems’ book simply cries to be read out loud and soon my son and I were leaning on each other laughing aloud. When we finished, he took the book from me and read it again. You’ll see why when you read it for yourself.
Beginning readers are essential. The deceptively simple texts lure inexperienced readers into turning the pages until the story is done. Very few are so good that you want to read them again and again and share them with a friend. Willems’ book is one of the best.
Be sure to pick up a copy for the young reader in your life who enjoys a good laugh and may need a nudge to gain some confidence in their own reading skills. Willems, Gerald and Piggie deliver.