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I WILL SURPRISE MY FRIEND! (Elephant and Piggie Book)

Author: Mo Willems

Illustrator: Mo Willems

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Publisher: Hyperion Books for Chidren,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When Gerald (an elephant) and Piggie (a pig) watch squirrel surprise his friend, they get an idea. They are going to surprise each other. They pick their spot, then they lie in wait. But Piggie isn't coming ... and neither is Gerald. What happened to the surprise? This is an emerging-reader story to engage new readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 0.8

Age of Child: Read by 7-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: "This book is awesome, Mom." Our child didn't wait for us to ask if she wanted us to read this book. She jumped at the chance to read this book to us!

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great story wrapped in an easy reader book jacket. There is plenty of white space, lots of vocabulary repetition, two friends, and some classic humor. A simple color scheme and no background scenery, combined with simply illustrated characters, make it easy for new readers to jump in and enthusiastically tell the story.

Pros: Kids anxious to read by themselves will enjoy reading this gem of a story about two friends.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that toddlers and preschoolers will love to hear, and new readers will love to read for Mom and Dad.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BUR BUR THROWS OUT THE FIRST PITCH   EVERYDAY PRAYERS   LITTLE LOON AND PAPA

Educational Themes: Although this is largely meant to be a story to help emerging readers feel confident, you can talk about friendship, too.

Notes: 2008 Cybils Nominee (Easy Reader category)

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, humor, easy reader series, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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