The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-A sweet and pitch-perfect swan song to a wildly popular series. Reflecting on her good fortune and many blessings, Piggie decides to thank everyone who is important to her. Gerald thinks this can be a bad idea, in that she runs the very big risk of forgetting someone. Piggie is probably not dissuaded and embarks on her “Thank-o-rama!” She gives a shout-out to the Squirrels, Snake, the Pigeon, and other characters from the series, including Mouse, Birdies, Rhino, Hippo, Hippo’s Big Sister, Barky Dog, Pelican, Bears, and Worms. Piggie turns into a thanking machine. Whale, Ice Cream Penguin, Doctor Cat, and Brian Rat all make appearances. Last, but hardly least, she remembers to acknowledge her partner in crime, Gerald, but there’s still one important group that the effusive Piggie neglects to mention-their readers! Willems’s brilliant, minimalist cartoon illustrations are as expressive and charming as ever. VERDICT The 25th installment in the winning series is a should-have for every collection and will lead kids to return and revisit the earlier titles time and again. Thanks, Mo Willems, you’ve helped a whole generation learn how to be proficient readers with Gerald and Piggie. Hugs all around!-Luann Toth, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling writer 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 Wrong Identity. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) in addition to garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Lets Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.Gerald and Piggie are best friends.In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will disregard someone . . . someone important.