Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

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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 Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald is determined to teach Piggie that ball-throwing is serious business... but Piggie is just as determined to have serious fun.

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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 Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald is determined to teach Piggie that ball-throwing is serious business... but Piggie is just as determined to have serious fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
In this addition to the "Elephant and Piggie" beginning reader series, Gerald insists that ball throwing is very serious business indeed, which requires practice and skill. He considers himself to be a good ball thrower and expects praise. He is willing to entertain the idea that his friend Piggie, with time and practice, might also be good at throwing a ball. Piggie on the other hand does not want to waste time in practice but leaps right in to give it his best try. Piggie stresses the fun aspect of throwing a ball and puts the happiest of constructions possible on everything that happens after he gives the ball a fling. While exciting and funny, it is easy to read and only a few words appear on most pages. When the text is somewhat longer, repetition is involved. The delightfully simple pictures add appeal. Three times this author/illustrator has had his work recognized by being named a Caldecott Honor book. Willems began his career on Sesame Street where he won six Emmy awards. Young readers will love serious Gerald and his enthusiastic friend Super Pig. Highly recommended. http://www.jointhesosbrigade.com. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423113485
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 64,618
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems
#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 with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

    ANOTHER BIG HIT FOR MO

    My 5 year old daughter loves the book. The first time she heard it is was read by Mo W. himself in one of the B&N stores. Now she wants me to read it to her using the same voices he did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great for moms and dads to read aloud and interact with their children as they read. "Again" is the word I hear after I read Mo Willems' selections to my preschool class.

    I am a preschool teacher, and I have many of Mo Willems' books in my collection. My dear students often ask to read the stories again, to look at a page of illustrations again, and to discuss what happened and/or re-tell the story again. The stories are so well received because I can read them with flare and make them funny and poignant and give the characters a fine voice and tell a story with a lesson, too - a lesson that is well received because it is not preachy but is realistic and gives way to fine discussions.
    Blessings will abound as you read the selections - simple phrasing, sweet photos, and room for lots of discussion and acting out as you read. I know you will hear the words "again", too after you have closed the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    love these books

    My kids (2yrs & 4yrs) both love the Elephant & Piggie books. My 4yr old reads them to his little brother. Pretty soon we'll have them all! I think our favorite is Can I Play Too - they both giggled uncontrollably and wanted to read it over & over the first several nights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Mo Willems books are excellent for children learning to read. They are fun to read. I became aware if them at B&N storytime when I took my grandson.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    Kids love it. Great author

    This series if books are super cute and funny. As a mother, I enjoy these stories and illustrations. My kids are 6 & 8 and they fight for these books all the time. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Highly recommended

    The Elephant and Piggie books are wonderful. They are fun for the adult to read, and my 4 yo grandson loves the stories. Very enjoyable.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Humorous!

    This is perfectly funny for my 6 year old:)

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Funny!!!

    Elephant and Piggie!!! ROCKS!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    Wonderful read for Everyone!

    I enjoyed this book as much as my son!!! It's a great read, a unique and poignant lesson, and a great displayed sense of humor. Love this book. Could read it over and over! I'd recommend it to anyone, regardless of gender.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    I love this series. Great for adults and kids.

    All of the piggie and gerald series are wonderful, creative and amusing. I particularly love the facial expressions. I use these in my lessons to help children learn to read faces and feelings.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Mo, you did it again!

    Another wonderful, funny story in the Piggy and Gerald saga. My grandbabies love it, my daughter (a pre-school teacher) loves it. An all around hit.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Mo does it again!

    I am a first grade teacher. My students and I love Mo Willems stories and haven't met a Piggie and Elephant book we didn't like. However, "Watch Me Throw the Ball!" is a triumph! Piggie's "can-do" spirit is adorable and inspiring. I hear the six year olds saying to each other "Be like Piggie!"
    The story is lovely and the students find lots to talk about. There is always a scramble to grab it off the shelf at free time.
    Thank you Mr. Willems for another terrific tale!

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