Monday, February 08, 2010

Ah Choo for Two! Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems




Gerald the elephant can't stop sneezing all over his friend Piggie. These serial sneezes can only mean one thing--Gerald must be allergic to his best friend!

With the consequences of that fate too terrible to contemplate, Gerald takes himself off to Dr. Cat for a more definitive diagnosis. Alas, apparently cats make him sneeze, too, even if one of them is his personal physician. But wait! Allergies aren't the only cause of sneezes! Dr. Cat finds that his diagnosis--the common cold--is strangely welcome, and Elephant hurries back to tell his friend that it's all right to visit with him after all, only to find that Piggie is sneezing, too.

Yep! It appears Gerald shared his cold with Piggie, just like good friends do!

Comedy is full of comical odd couples, one dour, conscientious, and methodical, the other carefree, impulsive, and inventive--think Oscar and Felix, Frog and Toad, Desi and Lucy--and Mo Willems' similar characters, Elephant and Piggie, have surely kept their creator busy concocting their new adventures. In Willems' latest, Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book), (Hyperion, 2009) Gerald's sneezes keep bowling little Piggie over, and in his lauded beginning reader series, Elephant and Piggie, Mo Willems keeps bowling over reviewers and young readers alike. Simple but expressive illustrations and a brief text which expresses a world of meaning in few words make these early readers worthy inheritors of the Dr. Seuss tradition.

Forthcoming soon are two more entries from Willems: just out in late January is his I Am Going! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) and in June Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) to add to this highly collectible set.

Author/illustrator Willems, the recipient of both a Caldecott Honor Award for his Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Theodore Seuss Geisel Awards for books in the Elephant and Piggy series, is also known for his delightful and best-selling Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.

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