In this humorous outing, Gerald the elephant and Piggie debate whether or not “elephants can dance.” Gerald, who is convinced that he cannot (he tells Piggie to look it up in the “What Elephants Can Do” book) comes to a decision to give it a go nonetheless. Results are mixed, with Gerald basically doing the opposite of every instruction. Willems’s characteristically sparse cool animated film images and using speech balloons portray the comical catch 22 situation with clarity, making it an ideal pick for early readers. PW”

About the Author

#1 New York Times best-selling creator and illustrator Mo Willems began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children’s literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Mo has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Flawed Identity) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008. He lives in Western Massachusetts

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Gerald is careful. Piggie isn’t.Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald worries in order that Piggie does not have to.Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
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