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I AM GOING! by Mo Willems Kirkus Star

I AM GOING!

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

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4231-1990-6
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

The two-time (so far) Geisel Medalist continues to set the bar high for beginning-reader achievement in this latest installment of the Elephant & Piggie series. Cover art depicts Piggie poised to walk away and anxious elephant Gerald’s horrified reaction to her imminent departure. Although the title page repeats this cause-and-effect relationship, the book proper opens with the contented pair reveling in each other’s company. “This is a good day,” Gerald announces, and it is—until a few pages later when Piggie says, “Well, I am going,” and her elephant pal pitches a fit of separation-anxiety–induced pleading and temper worthy of a certain pigeon (who, since he shows up in every Willems book, appropriately makes an appearance during this tantrum scene). Piggie holds her ground, eventually explaining that she’s only going…to lunch. Relieved Gerald, along with a contingent of ants, joins her for a picnic, replete with colors that satisfyingly deviate from the series’s limited palette. To paraphrase Gerald: This is a good book. (Early reader. 4-8)