I Am Going! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

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Overview

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Am Going!, Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald she is going. If Piggie goes, who will Gerald skip with, play Ping-Pong with, and wear silly hats with?

Willems's Geisel Award winning duo continues to delight readers with their silly shenanigans. Packed full of humor and heart, the ...

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Overview

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Am Going!, Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald she is going. If Piggie goes, who will Gerald skip with, play Ping-Pong with, and wear silly hats with?

Willems's Geisel Award winning duo continues to delight readers with their silly shenanigans. Packed full of humor and heart, the Elephant & Piggie Books are vetted by an early-learning specialist and early learners themselves, so they'll be right on target for new readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Best friends Gerald and Piggie enjoy another ordinary day in this "Elephant & Piggie" book. Piggie announces that he is going. Gerald the elephant doesn't want his friend to leave because it will mean the end of their fun. Piggie insists he must go which brings Gerald to explain all the reasons Piggie should not go. It turns out that Piggie is simply hungry and wants to leave so he can eat lunch. So, they eat lunch together. In typical Willems style, Gerald and Piggie are not just plain animals, but an elephant and a pig with enormous facial expressions and exaggerated gestures. Paired with the simple text of speech bubbles, this book is a treasure for the beginning reader. They will not only be able to read the words, but also predict the emotions and actions of the characters. This book is recommended for libraries and classrooms of beginning readers. It would also make an excellent gift for a young reader. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Once again, Willems shows his talent for distilling the most profound human emotions to just a few words. Gerald the elephant is exhibiting anxiety, and his issue is the fact that Piggie says, "I am going!" For young children, this fear of abandonment can surface even when a friend or caretaker leaves for a brief time. It turns out that Piggie is just planning to go get lunch, and in his typical, reassuring way, Willems shows a picnic spread at the end with the two friends enjoying the meal together, Gerald's worries having been assuaged. Fans of the series will recognize that sometimes Gerald is the in-charge character and sometimes it is Piggie; as in real life, different people show their vulnerabilities in different situations. Once again, Willems uses just two colors, showing pink Piggie marching on the front endpapers and gray Gerald hopping on the back. He uses text bubbles to indicate who is speaking and includes plenty of white space. The illustrations are hilarious while at the same time capturing the truest of feelings. Be sure to add this easy reader to your collection as an addition to the series or even as a stand-alone.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423119906
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 58
  • Sales rank: 94,981
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems
Number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems 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). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Big Frog Can't Fit In.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Fun and easy-to-read series

    My five-year-old grandson loves the Piggie and Elephant storybooks. They are all fun stories to read together and written so beginner readers can quickly begin reading on their own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    As always, Mo Willems hits home!

    This book passed the grandkids test. They all loved it! As usual, there is a lot of drama on the part of Gerald the Elephant, only to learn that it was all so unneccessary.....a great lesson and a fun read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2010

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    I love the series

    The elephant and piggie series are great starter books for kids learning to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Best of Friends

    Another wonderful tale by Mo! The best in this series are still "I'm invited to a party" and "There is a bird on your head." However, "I am Going" is another tale of two best buds that my students will love. Gerald just can't believe Piggie is going and has an entertaining tantrum. For teachers, Piggie and Elephant books are a great way to talk about emotions in stories such as frustration and overreaction. Mo uses lots of different punctuation. His stories are fabulous for teaching narrative voice! I also love how Mo makes sure to solve problems in his book in a way that makes silly sense to kids.

    Thank you Mo! Keep 'em coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Mo Willems is my daughter's favorite author. This book is hilari

    Mo Willems is my daughter's favorite author. This book is hilarious for kids and parents. All Mo Willems books are great for early readers! Mo Willems, thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. Never stop writting

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