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Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant & Piggie Books) Hardcover – 9 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 57 pages
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; First Edition edition (9 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423114108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423114109
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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In this humorous outing, Gerald the elephant and Piggie debate whether or not "elephants can dance." Gerald, who is convinced that he cannot (he tells Piggie to look it up in the "What Elephants Can Do" book) decides to give it a go nonetheless. Results are mixed, with Gerald basically doing the opposite of each instruction. Willems's characteristically sparse cartoon images and the use of speech balloons portray the comical dilemma with clarity, making it an ideal pick for early readers. PW"

About the Author

#1 New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children's literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Mo 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 Mistaken Identity) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008. He lives in Western Massachusetts
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Can you make a funny book with a sentence or two on each page and simple drawings? If you answered no, then you haven't seen any of Mo Willems' books yet. And Elephants Cannot Dance! is the perfect book to prove you wrong.

This is a book in the Elephant and Piggie series which focuses on best friends Gerald and Piggie. In this book, Piggie is teaching her friends how to dance. When she offers to teach Gerald how to dance, he turns her down, proving from the book What Elephants Can Do (by Anne Elephant), that elephants cannot dance. (He tells Piggie to look at page 11. This bit of dialog comes on page 11.) But Piggie convinces Gerald to at least try dancing. From there we get pages of Gerald doing the exact opposite of what Piggie wants him to do. Finally, he quits in frustration. But is that the end of his dance career?

As with other books in this series, the story is told completely with dialog and pictures. The pictures are just of the characters with no background. Yet the characters provide some of the jokes in the story as we get to see Gerald doing the exact opposite of what Piggie tells him to do.

The average page in the book has one line of dialog on it. It's in a color coded speech bubble (pink for Piggie and gray for Gerald). It's always easy to tell who is saying what. The dialog is simple enough that kids just learning how to read should be able to figure most of it out. There's some repetition, but it helps tell the story.

All this comes in 57 pages, and I dare you to get through those pages without laughing once. The jokes are silly fun that kids and parents alike will love.

I also have to admire the fact that Piggie never gives up on teaching her friend to dance.
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I discovered the Elephant & Piggie books a few years ago and loved them, but my kids have just really got into them, so I bought my daughter a couple of new ones for Christmas. She is just learning to read, and now she reads Piggie's speeches and her big bro reads Gerald's. (I get to read the walk-on characters.) I just love the way Willems' illustrations combine such simplicity with such expressiveness, and his stories gently convey really positive messages for young heads. Bless you Gerald. Bless you Piggie. Bless you Mo.
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This is a lovely story which my girls love for the story alone, but this series of books is also great as examples of how friends treat each other and I use them for discussion about what friendship is and what it means. Everyone needs a copy of these books in my opinion!
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I don't know who loves this series more- me or my daughter! This is another great addition to the series. Perfect for 3-4 year olds and a little older, who are learning to read. The big writing and drama of each story makes it a great place to start for early readers.
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