Listen to My Trumpet! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

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 Listen to My Trumpet! Piggie can't wait to play her new instrument for Gerald! But is she ready to listen to his reaction?

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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 Listen to My Trumpet! Piggie can't wait to play her new instrument for Gerald! But is she ready to listen to his reaction?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Hard to believe but Listen to My Trumpet! is the seventeenth "Elephant & Piggie" book since literary rock star Mo Willems created this insanely popular series for beginner readers in 2007. Here we find best friends Gerald and Piggie partaking in some musical activities. Piggie has found a trumpet and desperately wants to play it for Gerald. Unfortunately, what comes out of Piggie's trumpet could hardly be called music. Gerald looks traumatized. How do you tell your best friend that their playing is, frankly, horrible? Willems perfectly conveys this awkward exchange with Gerald; using adjectives like "loud" and "shiny" when asked to provide feedback to an eagerly waiting Piggie. Finally, he caves and tells Piggie that because he is a true friend he will tell him the truth: that what Piggie just did was NOT music. The confused and then frustrated looks on Piggie's face put a twist on the story. Piggie explains that what he was TRYING to do was not make music but speak Elephant. Obviously.... A laugh out loud and smart book for budding readers where body language and facial expressions convey just as much, if not more, than the dialogue. One of my favorites in this series! Reviewer: Emily Griffin
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Gerald and Piggie are back in another easy reader that manages to touch on the complex issues of communication, honesty among friends, and shared experiences. Piggie is in proud possession of a loud, shiny trumpet, which she can't wait to play for Gerald. As he sits and listens, she proceeds to struggle her way through a demonstration, which sounds less like music and more like Gerald's "Aunt Molly with a cold." But as painful as it is for Gerald to listen to Piggie play, he knows that telling her how bad she is will be even more torturous. His anguish is clearly visible—but tell her he must, because that's what friends are for. Willems squeezes so much information and emotion out of the barest of illustrations: Gerald sticking his tongue out in concentration as he maneuvers his bulk onto the tiny stool Piggie has provided for him reminds readers of what a physically odd couple they are; Piggie reverently embracing her trumpet before proceeding to blast the heck out of it speaks to her true motivation for getting it in the first place, as is revealed in the surprisingly sweet ending. This winning pair continues to delight and charm readers with a wisdom that seems hard won by adults, but is second nature to children.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423154044
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 76,786
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (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. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as an Honor (for We Are in a Book!). 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 with his family in Massachusetts.

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