March 7, 2012
Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems
Pig just can’t wait to share the fun with his buddy, Elephant. Today is the best day ever — it is Pig Day. What can you expect to do on Pig Day? Sing Pig songs, play pig games and eat pig foods. Basically, have a great time.
But when a sounder of swine shows up (that’s a group of pigs!), Elephant feels left out and goes off to have a good mope. Fortunately, Pig is a good friend and asks what is wrong.
The big reveal? (I am so trying not to ruin the plot twist here.) Pig Day is for Everyone!
As always, Willems has created a fun read-aloud in which young readers will clearly see themselves. Who hasn’t felt left out? Who hasn’t accidentally hurt a friend’s feelings?
Don’t read this paragraph if you’re worried about plot spoilers. As much as I love Elephant and Pig, I wish that something a bit different had been done with the twist. I don’t like that other characters had to appear to be something that they aren’t (pigs). In Willem’s defense, very few young readers (this book is targeted to ages 4 to 8) would get that out of it. They would simply think, “Dress up! What fun!”
And it is a fun book and can easily spark a series of discussions with your young reader. What does it take to be a good friend? What do we celebrate? Why were they disguised as pigs?
Give this one to your young reader and see what they have to say.