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I WILL SURPRISE MY FRIEND! by Mo Willems Kirkus Star

I WILL SURPRISE MY FRIEND!

From the Elephant & Piggie series

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

Age Range: 3 - 9

Pub Date: June 3rd, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0962-4
Publisher: Hyperion

Emergent readers (and their grown-ups) will celebrate the publication of the fifth and sixth volumes of the Elephant & Piggie series, stories of friendship and good intentions told entirely through easy-to-read speech bubbles. The newest episodes are fresh, fun and filled with the everyday dramas of friendship. In I Will Surprise My Friend! Gerald the Elephant and Piggie try to sneak up on each other, using a large rock as concealment. Willems’s animation background has never been more evident as when Gerald and Piggie wait, look and think. Like many a classic I Love Lucy episode, this climaxes with a hilarious “AAAAAGGHH!!!” Similar misunderstandings plague these friends in the also-stellar I Love My New Toy (ISBN: 978-1-4231-0961-7), in which Piggie receives a wonderful new plaything. The simplest strokes of the pencil against the now-trademark muted palette effortlessly convey the entire spectrum of childhood emotions. These two offerings will ensure that Elephant and Piggie’s legions of fans will continue to double over with laughter even as they engage in the hard work of learning to read. (Early reader. 3-9)