Mo Willems’ Latest: Elephant and Piggie: THE THANK YOU BOOK

elephant-and-PiggieElephant and Piggie:  The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book when I heard is was coming out.  And it did not disappoint.  Mo Willems is at the top of his game with this (gasp, sob) last of the Elelphant and Piggie stories.  As always, I love the classic give and take between these two friends, with misunderstandings and reconciliations, facial expressions that are truly expressive, and general sweet humor throughout.  Piggie declares that she is going to thank everyone who has helped her. Gerald worries that she is going to forget someone, but Piggie insists that she will not.  And then Piggie proceeded to thank every secondary character in the entire series. (I dare you not to be moved.) They are all there, and fans of the series will enjoy seeing familiar friends, with sly asides.  For example, when Piggie thanks The Pigeon  for never giving up, she adds, “And I am sorry you do not get to be in our books.”  The Pigeon replies, “That is what you think.”

Gerald continues to worry that Piggie will forget someone- who could she possibly be forgetting to thank? Well, the Readers!  If you are new to the Elephant and Piggie series, this isn’t the best book to start with, since it is a kind of in-joke for fans and it’s more fun to recognize everyone who is thanked.   This summer is a great time to read the whole series, whether it is for the first time or a rereading.  Can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for Mo Willems!

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