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Mo Willems New Series-Amanda and Her Alligator


My daughter is a huge fan of the Piggie and Elephant books from Mo Willems and has also enjoyed the Knuffle Bunny books so I was really excited to see that Mo Willems is coming out with a new series next month!  Here’s the description from the HarperCollins website:

6½ stories about 2 surprising friends.

Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.

Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.

But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed.

Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has created a funny and tender portrait of friendship that readers of any age will love.

It will be available April 26.  I cannot wait to check it out.


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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

My daughter is a huge fan of Willems’ Piggie and Gerald books for I was eager to try out his other books.  His Sheep the Sheep books were too young for Kaitlyn and she did not really get into those and the Pigeon books just left her silent but this Knuffle Bunny book was a huge hit.  Daddy brought little brother, 5 months old, to bed and we all read this one together.  Trixie isn’t old enough to talk yet when she goes with her daddy on a trip to the laundromat.  While helping him to load the dirty clothes in the washer her stuffed Knuffle Bunny accidentally gets left behind.  She frantically tries to tell her daddy but he doesn’t understand her gibberish.  In the end Knuffle Bunny is rescued safe and sound.

Kaitlyn cracked up when Trixie tried to babble to her daddy what was wrong and that made me laugh too because obviously we have gone through the same thing when my daughter was little.  I don’t know if it was the pictures, my reading or hearing his sister crack up but even our 5 month old was laughing up a storm during this book.  I was surprised to see even my husband craning his neck to see around our daughter to look at the illustrations and what was going to happen next.  My daughter has relegated this book to the group of “funny books” that she often refers to when she wants to read something.

If you are looked for a book with illustrations, humor and that will amuse the entire family you should pick this one up.

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I Will Surprise My Friend! by Mo Willems

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This is yet another Piggie and Elephant book we picked up at the library.  Piggie and Elephant see two squirrels surprising each other and having a ton of fun.  They decide they want to surprise each other too but things do not go quite as planned.

To be honest while this one is cute it’s not one of my favorites but my daughter does enjoy it.  I really have to act out the scenes to make her laugh though and I think that is the main reason she likes it.  I think as she gets older and she understands more of what is going on she is going to enjoy this one a lot more.  We attended a wedding this weekend and this book was a life saver.  During the reception we read it over and over to keep my daughter and 4 year old niece occupied.

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What We Are Reading

Made another trip to the library and this is what we picked up today:

Description from The books feature two lovable and funny characters: an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant.  Children who sat on their parents’ laps to have Pigeon read to them will eagerly take the plunge with these books to start reading on their own.  Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist.  These sweet and surprising stories are a much-needed breath of fresh air in the early reader arena. In I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other-but the biggest surprise is the one they least expect.

Description from Mo Willems’ award-winning Elephant and Piggie series continues to charm readers. Featuring two lovable and funny characters — an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant — these books make reading irresistible to the beginning readers.  Children who sat on their parents’ laps to have Pigeon read to them will eagerly take the plunge with these books to start reading on their own.

Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist (and many adorable early learners).

In Pigs Make Me Sneeze!, Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever?

Description from Join spunky Cat the Cat as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world, where a surprise is waiting in every book.

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I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

This is the second book we have read in the Piggie and Elephant series.  I went to Half Priced Books to find Can I Play Too? book but they did not have that one so my daughter picked this one up.  In this one Piggie has a new toy but doesn’t know what it does.  Elephant thinks maybe it’s a throwing toy and it ends up breaking when it lands.  While they are crying Squirrel comes by and mentions that it’s a break and snap toy that you can pull apart and put together again.

While my daughter was not as fanatic about reading this one as she was Can I Play Too? she still enjoys it and we have been reading it pretty much every day since we bought it.  I have to admit of the three other Mo Willems books we looked at this wasn’t the one I was expecting her to pick but it is a cute story.  Mo Willems is definitely becoming one of my favorite children’s books authors.

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Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Daughter’s age when read: 3 yrs old

Normally I wait a week or two after we read a book to write about it to see how long my daughter’s interest lasts.  This book was such a hit I had to gush right away.  She loved it!  We read it 3 times in a row and she was begging to read it again.  I finally had to tell her we would read it again tomorrow and it was time for bed.  The book is about a snake that wants to try and play catch with the piggie and elephant despite having no arms.  As you can guess they do not have much luck.  The story is hilarious and my daughter could not stop laughing.  The second and third times through she was giggling in anticipation before we even got to the funny parts.

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