Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Storytime (vlog): I Will Surprise My Friend! by Mo Willems

My, oh,  my! Since Leslie raved about Mo Willem's Elephant and Piggie books here, Talon and I haven't been able to get enough. We've read  all in the series multiple times. And Leslie was right, these books never get old.  

I Will Surprise my Friend!
is the first one we spotted at the library. We read it right then and there-- and giggled and laughed out loud. Yes, it is that funny. 

Here is Talon's Storytime vlog review:

As you saw briefly in the video, Elephant, Piggie and their friends speak and think in word bubbles.  And much of the meaning is conveyed through these cute little animals' facial expressions and body language-- and that adds to the funny. 

(Light bulb moment! Just realized these books would be a fun teaching tool for my students who have difficulty interpreting social language cues!)

 In this book, Elephant and Piggie decide to surprise each other by the big rock... they wait and wait on opposite sides of the rock and, of course, Elephant's imagination runs away with him...

He imagines scenario after scenario of horrible things that might have happened to Piggie.  The ever practical Piggie thinks Elephant must have went to lunch.

Then they nearly give each other a heart attack! Talon loves the next page when they both fall over on their backs. 

Such a cute book.  Aren't the word bubbles fun?! And the facial expressions are priceless.

That Mo Willems is a genius!

Talon and I join Leslie and her kiddos in highly recommending the entire Elephant and Piggie series. And the Pigeon series too... hysterical! 

If you are fans of Elephant and Piggie, which is your favorite book in the series?

If you haven't met Elephant and Piggie yet, go to the library immediately... read one ... don't laugh too loud and get shushed...then come back and report.

Linking to: Book Talk Tuesday at The Lemme Library

Kid Konnection at Booking Mama


  1. Hi Lesa, sounds like a fun series of children's books. I will certainly have to see if we have these in my local library. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. It is a fun series. bet your library will have them-- you might have to get on a waitlist though-- these books are popular!

      I'm already following you! Glad you found my bookblog. Thanks so much for following!

  2. It sounds like these books are popular for good reason.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, they are popular-- Librarians at both libraries I use rave over Mo Willems whenever we check one out.

  3. I haven't read this series and now my kids are too old! I'll have to check this one out just for me.

    1. Like Leslie said, these books are fun for all ages. Actually, the older the reader-- the more life experience and the more the brain fills in the funny. But yes, for sure read them for your self-- Especially, 'We're in a book'-- too cute for book lovers.

    2. Oh, "We're in a Book" is too funny! Love that one too!

  4. Isn't it too funny? That's one my favorites! I just love Elephant going to the extreme over nothing. It kinda hits close to home! Hahaha!
    @Julie, not sure how old your kiddos are, but my ten year old still (secretly) enjoys them. My seven year old thinks they are hysterical, and my three year old mimic the facial expressions!

    1. Yes! I loved that too. it opened up a good discussion opportunity about over-reacting over nothing-- T is still learning about that and I can stand an occasional refresher course myself.

      Thanks for telling us about these books!


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