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The Thank You Book (Elephant and Piggie Series)
     

The Thank You Book (Elephant and Piggie Series)

5.0 3
by Mo Willems
 

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 The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

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 The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

Editorial Reviews

B&N Reads
5/3/2016
Say it ain't so, Mo! Only one more Elephant and Piggie book? THE SERIES ENDS?! The Thank You Book may finally be here, but they have more to give! More words! More jokes! More “bananas”! Best friends Piggie and Elephant Gerald have an ideal relationship, displaying fierce loyalty, trust, caring, and generosity. They encourage and support one another through many kid-familiar scenarios and always come to a satisfying, usually humorous, conclusion, with much silliness along the way. Here's the definitive list of the 10 funniest Elephant & Piggie books so far. Read More
The New York Times Book Review - Maria Russo
Ending a long-running, beloved series with some kind of unexpected creative bang while not ticking off your loyal fans is hard—just ask Jerry Seinfeld or David Chase…The Thank You Book not only sticks to what made the series great, it wraps its fans in a grateful, valedictory embrace…By the end…there is something that feels almost sacramental going on, as if all the thanking is marking not just the end of the series but some timeless rite of passage, the initiation into reading, which after all depends on support from so many.
School Library Journal
★ 06/01/2016
PreS-Gr 2—A sweet and pitch-perfect swan song to a wildly popular series. Reflecting on her good fortune and many blessings, Piggie decides to thank everyone who is important to her. Gerald thinks this is a bad idea, in that she runs the very big risk of forgetting someone. Piggie will not be dissuaded and embarks on her "Thank-o-rama!" She gives a shout-out to the Squirrels, Snake, the Pigeon, and other characters from the series, including Mouse, Birdies, Rhino, Hippo, Hippo's Big Sister, Barky Dog, Pelican, Bears, and Worms. Piggie turns into a thanking machine. Whale, Ice Cream Penguin, Doctor Cat, and Brian Rat all make appearances. Last, but hardly least, she remembers to acknowledge her partner in crime, Gerald, but there's still one important group that the effusive Piggie neglects to mention—their readers! Willems's brilliant, minimalist cartoon illustrations are as expressive and charming as ever. VERDICT The 25th installment in the winning series is a must-have for every collection and will lead kids to go back and revisit the earlier titles again and again. Thanks, Mo Willems, you've helped a whole generation learn to be proficient readers with Gerald and Piggie. Hugs all around!—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2016-05-10
Piggie is "one lucky pig," and she's determined to make sure she thanks "everyone who is important to" her in this, the final Elephant & Piggie book.Gerald is sure his friend will forget someone—"someone important"—but Piggie assures him, "It will be a THANK-O-RAMA!" Piggie proceeds to thank the Squirrels for their great ideas, Snake for playing ball, and the Pigeon "for never giving up." Piggie thanks and thanks: "I am a thanking machine!" She thanks character after character, even the Flies ("Any time, dude!"), as Gerald continues to interject that she'll forget "someone VERY important." Finally Piggie runs out of thanks, and by this time Gerald is steamed. "I goofed," Piggie says in itty-bitty type, before lavishing thanks on Gerald. But that's not whom Piggie forgot to thank! A classic Willems tantrum later, Gerald reveals the "someone important": "Our reader." Of course. "We could not be ‘us' without you," says Gerald, earnestly looking out from the page, and Piggie chimes in, "You are the best!" As Elephant & Piggie books go, this isn't one of the strongest, but it is a validating valediction to fans of the two characters, who have won Willems two Geisel Medals and five Honors. Yes, Gerald and Piggie have ushered countless readers into literacy, but as they rightly note, reading is a collaborative act. Thank you, Gerald and Piggie. We'll miss you. (Early reader. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423178286
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Series:
Elephant and Piggie Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,423
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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. The 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 garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let's Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).

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The Thank You Book (B&N Exclusive Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
A Huge Thank You It was only when I started reading thoughts on The Thank You Book that I learned the sad truth – this is Mo Willems final Elephant and Piggie book. And I get it. He’s done 25 books starring this duo, and he’s ready to move on to other things. But the thought of no more books in this series makes me sad. Fortunately, this is a wonderful series finale. For those who have missed these delightful picture books, they are about best friends Gerald (the elephant) and Piggie. The two are very different, but they complement each other well. The books are filled with Mo’s simple illustrations and dialogue that is perfect for beginning readers. In fact, the story is only told via dialogue, which makes them stand out. As this book opens, Piggie is thinking about how lucky she is to have so many wonderful people in her life. So she sets out to thank each person who has enriched her life. While Gerald likes the idea of thankfulness, he worries that she will forget to thank someone. Is he right? Before I picked up this book, I thought I knew who Gerald was worried about Piggie forgetting, but I was wrong. Yep, we get one more twists. Along the way, there are some smiles as Piggie thanks every character we’ve seen in the series, and one we haven’t. (Pigeon eyed friends will love those pages.) As always, the illustrations are fun and the words are simple enough that the beginning reader shouldn’t have a problem. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of thanking people who mean something to you. Piggie does this unprompted. If it gets kids to think about how people in their lives enrich them, that’s a wonderful thing. However, if you read this as just another Elephant and Piggie book, it will fall a little flat. While fun for fans, it isn’t quite as creative or funny as other volumes in the series. Earlier in the review, I used the term series finale. And that’s the best way to think of this book. It’s not another new adventure, but it’s a great way to say goodbye to loyal fans. Really, this book is a tip of the hat from Mo to us, he just uses Gerald and Piggie to do it. If you read it that way, you will absolutely love it. So if you haven’t met Gerald and Piggie, don’t start with this book. But if you are a longtime fan, pick up The Thank You Book with the proper mindset, and you’ll find yourself smiling as you say goodbye to this wonderful dynamic duo. And thank you, Gerald and Piggie, for the laughs and entertaining lessons over the years.
neverwearmatchingsox More than 1 year ago
So I will be honest....I hadn't read an Elephant and Piggie book until this one. I wasn't against this series, I just knew that enough kids loved it that I didn't feel the need to read it and could read something that maybe kids didn't know about. That being said, just through this one title I could grasp what all the hype has been about . This is the goodbye book from Elephant and Piggie...this series is over. However, in case you didn't know, Elephant and Piggie are now sharing the books that they are reading from authors such as Dan Santat and Laurie Keller. So worth the time to read.
CVal27 More than 1 year ago
I first discovered the Elephant and Piggie books from a random checkout at my local library. When bedtime came and I read the book to my 3 year old: laughs, laughs, laughs! The books were so cute and funny. I had to buy the books. My daughter will just pick up the books and flip through the pages and laugh. These are truly classics. I highly recommend for anyone who reads to their child(ren) regularly.