Mo Willems is the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning books Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (9781844280599) and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (9781844285136). His other groundbreaking picture books include Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (9781406312157) and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct (9781406312294). Mo began his career as a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards.
K-Gr 2-Beginning readers familiar with Willems's books will recognize his distinctive humor and illustrative style in these stories. When Piggie receives her first invitation to a party, she asks Gerald to join her and relies on his advice-because he "knows" parties-in order to prepare for the big event. The elephant, however, has a tendency to overanalyze, so he prepares them both for any contingency-a fancy/pool/costume party. Piggie's expressive features show her questions about their attire, but the friends set off bedecked in flippers, masks, top hat, pearl earrings, cowboy hat, and evening dress. Imagine her surprise when they find all the other guests as lavishly overdressed as they are. In the second title, Gerald learns that there are worse things than a bird on your head, namely, two love birds, a nest, and three hatchlings. With the help of Piggie, he is finally able to ask them to move, but, as the final page reveals, they have become her problem. Both books use speech bubbles-gray ones for Gerald, pink for Piggie-to tell the entire story. This feature is a nice touch that facilitates paired/choral readings. The conversation between the friends flows smoothly and allows beginning readers to practice expression as they read. These appealing titles will tickle the funny bones of children and are sure to become favorites.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"* "In the world of children's books, the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the '00s is the writer-illustrator Mo Willems." The New York Times Book Review * "This picture book demands audience participation... Readers will identify with the pigeon themselves!" The Bookseller on Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!"