Elephant and Piggie remain in the storytelling mode of We Are In A Book! (2010). After showing up with a bandaged proboscis, Elephant proceeds to tell the “long crazy story” of how it happened. Memory bubbles let us follow along: first Elephant lifted Hippo with his trunk (“Why?” asks Piggie. “Because!” Elephant answers). But that may be not what broke his trunk, and neither is the addition of Rhino and Hippo’s sister and Hippo’s sister’s piano. As usual, Willems’ use of pastel colors and vast white backdrops work minimalist wonders, making this another fine outing of this most dependable of series. Booklist”
Gerald the Elephant recounts to Piggie the crazy story of how he broke his trunk. When he was once playing with Hippo, he had the idea to lift him with his trunk. As Gerald tells Piggie, “a hippo on your trunk is heavy.” But there is more to it. Rhino shows up and he wants a turn, so Gerald lifts them both onto his trunk, and so forth, until he has lifted Hippo, Rhino, and Hippo’s big sister and her piano on his trunk. As readers expect, there is more to the story of Gerald’s bandaged trunk than first imagined. Willems’s now classic and predictable formula, complete with an uncluttered background, large-type word balloons, and expressive characters, is as effective as ever. The style may now be familiar, but the “Elephant & Piggie” stories remain fresh, amusing, and relevant to readers, who will take a seat on the edge of their seats as they eagerly anticipate the surprising turn of events. A winning addition to the series. SLJ”
About the Author
Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling creator and illustrator, 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 Incorrect Identity). Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was once also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.
Mo started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards.
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.In I Broke My Trunk! Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie finally end up with a long, crazy story of her own? Once again, Mo Willems creates another hilarious escapade starring the Geisel Award-winning duo. Vetted by an early-learning specialist, I Broke My Trunk! will have readers breaking into laughter left and right!