Happy Pig Day! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

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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 Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities?

Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers ...

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Overview

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 Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities?

Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt story about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s “the best day of the year”—Happy Pig Day! Piggie goes hog-wild with her porcine friends, but Gerald feels left out and shrinks away. After Piggie finds her friend, Gerald works himself into an existential meltdown: “I do not have a snout. I do not have hooves! I am not pink! I want to say, ‘Happy Pig Day’ in Pig! But I am not a pig.” As always, Willems’s delightfully mismatched best friends communicate with bold declarations and gestural expressions that convey a vast range of recognizable emotions—from the agony of feeling left out to unbridled joy at celebrating all things pig. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Gerald and Piggie are very different but that does not stop them from being best friends. In this book from the "An Elephant and Piggie Book" series Gerald thinks things through but Piggie does not. Piggie is excited that it is Happy Pig Day but Gerald has no idea what that means. He cautiously thinks it may mean he is not included because Piggie and the other "pig" friends seem to know a lot about the celebration and he does not. Piggie says the day means a pig party with pig dances, pig songs, pig games, and pig food. It is also the best day to say, "Oinky! Oink! Oink!" Just when Gerald sure he is excluded, Piggie's "pig" friends take off their pig masks and reveal something that gives the tale a very humorous twist. Text is simple and will be easily repeated after a few reads to youngsters. Illustrations, while dull in color, are silly enough to invite chuckles and giggles. There are more than a dozen books in the series and once youngsters hear or read this book they may want to peruse the others. They cannot help but have fun doing so. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Beginning readers will delight in this funny tale. Gerald and Piggie are celebrating "The day of the pig" with pig songs, pig dances, pig food, pig games, and friends wishing one another "oinky, oink oink," which is "pig for Happy Pig Day!" Gerald the elephant seems genuinely interested in this celebration until Piggie's friends start speaking "pig" and he feels left out. The animated characters convey emotion and humor; masterful use of white space and comic-style text bubbles will inspire repeated readings. Another hit for Willems.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

The latest entry in this popular series for beginning readers features a new holiday: It's Happy Pig Day, and Gerald the elephant is feeling left out.

The elements that have made this series so successful and enduring are all present once again: a clean design (white background, lack of extraneous details, large type in word bubbles, etc.), a friendship theme and a satisfying resolution. This time around, Piggie announces the upcoming festivities, and at first Gerald's excited: "Ooooh! I did not know about Happy Pig Day." But the day soon sours for him, as three pig friends seem to be monopolizing his best friend's attention. It's not until Piggie reveals the truth about these pigs and Happy Pig Day that peace is restored. "Happy Pig Day is for . . . Anyone," begins Piggie, and a squirrel, cat and bear whip off their pig-costume heads, shouting "Who!" "Loves!" "Pigs!" respectively. Ostensibly about celebrating porcine pride, this explores coping with feelings a child may have upon learning a best friend may actually have other friends.

Several Elephant & Piggie books have received Geisel Awards or Honors, for books for beginning readers; this one will not only encourage kids to give reading a go but will also teach them at least a few words in a new language: " 'Oinky! Oink! Oink!' ... 'means Happy Pig Day in Pig.' " (Early reader. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423143420
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 45,335
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, 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). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    hilarious!

    this is very funny, easy to read and Highly Recommended

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    My kids LOVE it!

    Once again Piggy and Gerald have amused my children. They love the celebration and the ending. The characters in this book are silly and endearing and my kids enjoy each and every story about them.

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