December 20, 2016
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
When Piggie announces that he’s going to thank everyone that is important to him, it obviously makes Gerald nervous. He’s worried that his friend is going to leave out someone important.
From one character to another, Gerald follows Piggie. Piggie thanks the squirrels for their great ideas, the penguin for his ice cream and a whole host of animals for being good friends. Readers will even get to see Pigeon.
The more character’s that Piggie thanks, the more anxious Elephant (Gerald) becomes. Finally he forcefully points out that Piggie has forgotten someone really important. Piggie, of course, things of the same character that the readers have already thought of. With all of this thanking going on, Piggie hasn’t said thank you to Elephant.
When Piggie thanks him, Elephant loses his cool. He didn’t mean himself at all. And, no, I’m not going to tell you who he meant because it is too good. You’ll have to read the book.
This isn’t a picture book but one of the Elephant & Piggie early readers now put out by Hyperion. Unlike Dan Santat’s The Cookie Fiasco and We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller, this one is actually written by Mo Willems.
Who would like this book? As an early reader, it is a good choice the a child who is just learning to read independently. The text is simpler than that of a picture book and the images provide plenty of contextual cues for any words your child might have trouble deciphering. Obviously share it with your young Elephant and Piggie fans but also pick it up to share with your young child who blesses endless people in her evening prayers or who simply needs to learn a few subtle lessons about gratitude. We have, after all, all been there.