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CAN I PLAY TOO?

By Mo Willems (Author) , Mo Willems (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: June 8th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4231-1991-3
Publisher: Hyperion

The latest Elephant and Piggie book displays all the snappy pacing and wry humor readers have come to expect of the Geisel Medal–winning series, with a valuable lesson in friendship and flexibility tucked inside. Gerald and Piggie decide to play catch, but when Snake slithers up asking to play too, they are a bit dubious. “You do not want to play with me?” Snake asks sadly. “No!” exclaims Gerald. “We do want to play with you. / But...” “We are playing catch,” Piggie explains. “With our arms,” Gerald elaborates. “So?” says Snake. This awkward moment resolves with the three friends trying to play catch, with predictable results (“BONK!”). More balls (“BONK! BONK! BONK! BONK!...”) isn’t the answer, but then Piggie has an idea (illustrated by a compact fluorescent light bulb) that provides the ideal solution. Page turns and placement of speech bubbles are customarily flawless, yielding multiple guffaws, but this story also provides much-needed guidance to kids who are navigating the etiquette minefield of friendship among peers of differing abilities. Brilliantly subtle and spot-on. (Early reader. 4-8)