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Watch Me Throw the Ball! (Elephant & Piggie Books) [Hardcover]

Mo Willems
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17 Mar 2009 Elephant & Piggie Books
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 Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald is determined to teach Piggie that ball-throwing is a serious business ... but Piggie is just as determined to have serious fun.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (17 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113485
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 17.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,551,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These books will easily take their place alongside Seuss and Eastman as classics in the beginning-reader genre." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from the internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mo Willems is genius! 24 May 2010
Elephant & Piggie books are my absolute favourite, laugh out loud picture/reader books. How can so much expression come from two simply drawn characters and so few words? They are just pure genius in the realms of Dr. Seuss. I wasn't surprised to find out that Mo Willems was an award winning writer for Sesame Street. These are fantastic for learning to read and even better for visual literacy. Humour that appeals to children and adults, simple cartoon style pictures, and importantly of all two adorable characters to follow throughout all of their adventures - I Am Invited to a Party, I Will Surprise My Friend, My Friend is Sad, Today I will Fly, Are You Ready to Play Outside? & my absolute favourite, There is a Bird on Your Head (which always makes me laugh). I buy children's books in my work and see an awful lot of them. These stood out and I hope there will be more. Totally delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am 8 Jan 2014
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A great fan of Willems books and this title runs a close second as my favorite one. His spare line drawings are nothing short of brilliant as he manages to convey so much with just a few lines. Love love love his work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love Mo Willems in our house! 6 Feb 2011
My sons are huge fans of the Pigeon books and now we get to enjoy every Elephant & Piggie book. An exceptional kids' writer. Glad we found these. We have every book in the series now. This was our first one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Books! 20 Mar 2011
By Acacia - Published on Amazon.com
Out of all the Elephant and Piggie stories this one is probably my favorite, probably because I was such a high strung, shy child and this is something that I myself could have benefited from hearing. In fact, I probably still could. As for the story its self I had so much fun with this one that as soon as we finished it was promptly read again and again, the lesson about the ball easily extended beyond the reading lesson.

Gerald has a ball, and as usual once Piggie wants to join in he happily lets her do so but not before he attempts to make a huge fuss out of nothing. Throwing a ball is hard work! One must study for years! But Piggie is impatient and ends up throwing the ball before he's done explaining and unfortunately it doesn't go as far as when Gerald threw it. Even more bewildering is the fact that Piggie doesn't seem to care that her ball didn't even go three feet. The reason? Because the most important part of throwing the ball was just to have fun of course! Zipping off she leaves Gerald to contemplate these words of wisdom which ultimately inspire him to break his own, incredibly serious and overly complicated rules and follow in her footsteps much to his delight.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Halarious book for the 4 - 6 year old set! 26 Jun 2009
By Triplets + one - Published on Amazon.com
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A simple story with simple drawings that not only got the attention of my nearly 6 year old but had him rolling in laughter! I read it to my son first, then he took a turn reading to me. A little on the long side for a new reader but a HUGE hit in our house. The others in the series are great too, but this is our personal favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Jenna 20 May 2011
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This book is about Elephant and Piggie. Gerald throws the ball and Piggy likes to have a lot of fun. Piggie tells Gerald he threw the ball all the way around the world! I like this book because Piggie likes to have fun. I like books by Mo Willems because they are silly!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Solution for Reluctant/Struggling New Readers 7 Nov 2012
By Pebbles-the-cat - Published on Amazon.com
We *LOVE* Elephant & Piggie books in our family! So simple but convey so much emotion that kids of all ages can identify with. If you love to laugh, these books are for you. We've read every one of them, and not one is a disappointment! You just really can't go wrong with any one of these totally cute, funny books. The bonus? These books turned around a situation that was developing into a big negative and struggle.

In kindergarten, my son picked up reading with ease. By the end he was freakishly excellent at reading and testing four grades ahead of his own. Enter next in line, sister. In kindergarten, she is a regular kid and reading comes to her at the usual speed. This would be fine if she hadn't already been reading with brother super-reader, setting her expectations unreasonably high for herself. My kids and I have been reading before bed every night since they were born, and since becoming old enough, the three of us together, every night. My daughter was keenly aware of her brother's reading development as he had taken over the duties from me. As my daughter began to read, the requirement from school was for her to read at home. Her experience was quickly becoming a very negative one as she would struggle with every word, and her brother would become impatient and want to help, further frustrating her... and on it went every night. She was exhausted and frustrated by the end of 10min. I feared she would end up like me - never reading a book unless assigned in school, until her brother was born, because I read so slow and couldn't keep up with my own attn. span. I also recognized that the books for her reading level contained many words that were above her abilities, not real words (further confusing things) and frankly, above the reading level of the target audience. I remember thinking, "... if I could just find a book that had almost only words she had already learned in school..."

Enter Elephant & Piggie to our rescue! The simplicity of the words, plus their repetition meant that she could read a whole book *herself*, just like her brother, and not feel dumb, or exhausted and frustrated by the end. Whew! THAT was a close one. I'm convinced that if we didn't find the Elephant & Piggie books, to this day it would be like pulling teeth to get my daughter to read. Today she is in 4th grade and reading at her grade level and improving every day! I feel like I owe so much to Elephant & Piggie! AND - Elephant & Piggie are just plain FUNNY and sweet! THANK YOU Mo Willems, for saving us and the magic of reading together as a family! I am forever in your debt.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young one AND older siblings. 8 Sep 2011
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
What a fun book! Simple prose and pictures make it perfect for the tot and early reader. I have a 2 1/2 year old who loves the story. I also have a 10-year-old sports loving son. On many occasions, he and his friends have been both the pig and the elephant. He had fun reading the story, too, and recognized himself in the simple, sweet tale of uber-confidence!
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