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Today I Will Fly!
Contributor(s): Willems, Mo (Author), Willems, Mo (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1423102959     ISBN-13: 9781423102953
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
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Published: April 2007
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Annotation: Best-selling picture book creator Mo Willems is& nbsp; leaps into the early reader arena with the Elephant and Piggie series.& nbsp; & nbsp; Not surprisingly, & nbsp; the books are hilarious, charming, and speak directly to kids. & nbsp; The books feature two lovable and funny characters: an optimistic (and often reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant.& nbsp; 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.& nbsp; & nbsp; Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist.& nbsp; These sweet and surprising stories are a much-needed breath of fresh air in the early reader arena.& nbsp; & nbsp; Today, I& nbsp; Will Fly! & nbsp; is the funny introduction to the characters.& nbsp; Piggie is determined to fly.& nbsp; But Gerald the elephant knows that's impossible--isn't it?& nbsp;

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Pigs
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2006049621
Series: Elephant and Piggie Book
Physical Information: 0.46" H x 6.85" W x 9.1" (0.65 lbs) 64 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 154575
Reading Level: 0.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Publisher Description:
Best-selling picture book creator Mo Willems is& nbsp; leaps into the early reader arena with the Elephant and Piggie series.& nbsp; & nbsp; Not surprisingly, & nbsp; the books are hilarious, charming, and speak directly to kids. & nbsp; The books feature two lovable and funny characters: an optimistic (and often reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant.& nbsp; 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.& nbsp; & nbsp; Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist.& nbsp; These sweet and surprising stories are a much-needed breath of fresh air in the early reader arena.& nbsp; & nbsp; Today, I& nbsp; Will Fly & nbsp; is the funny introduction to the characters.& nbsp; Piggie is determined to fly.& nbsp; But Gerald the elephant knows that's impossible--isn't it?& nbsp;

Contributor Bio(s): Mo Willems is a six-time Emmy Award?winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. He is the author of groundbreaking picture books, including; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor winner 2004); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor winner 2003); Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Time to Say "Please"!; Leonardo, the Terrible Monster; and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. Mo lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
Willems adds two characters to his repertoire: gloomy elephant Gerald and his upbeat best friend, Piggie. Each book combines an easy-to-follow story, uncluttered illustrations, and spare speech-balloon text. Willems conveys volumes with an expertly placed eyebrow or down-turned mouth; the color-coded speech balloons suggest shared-reading opportunities for pals of any age or disposition. [Review covers these titles: [cf2]My Friend Is Sad[cf1] and [cf2]Today I Will Fly![cf1].] Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Willems adds two characters to his repertoire: gloomy elephant Gerald and his upbeat best friend, Piggie. Each book combines an easy-to-follow story, uncluttered illustrations, and spare speech-balloon text. Willems conveys volumes with an expertly placed eyebrow or down-turned mouth; the color-coded speech balloons suggest shared-reading opportunities for pals of any age or disposition. [Review covers these titles: [cf2]My Friend Is Sad[cf1] and [cf2]Today I Will Fly![cf1].] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #3)
In this new beginning reader series, Mo Willems adds two characters to his repertoire: gloomy elephant Gerald and his upbeat best friend, Piggie. Each book combines an easy-to-follow story; helpful, uncluttered illustrations on white backgrounds; and spare speech-balloon text with lots of useful repetition. The plots are simple but not simplistic: Willems respects his audience's ability to grasp subtlety and tone from his expressively lined pictures and dramatically timed page turns. In My Friend Is Sad, Piggie dresses up in various costumes to try to lift her pal's spirits, but Gerald (not recognizing his friend) isn't cheered by the cowboy, clown, and robot that parade past him. When Piggie gives up and appears without a costume, Gerald is finally happy: "I am happy because you are here!" In Today I Will Fly!, Piggie's titular announcement is summarily dismissed by Gerald -- "YOU WILL NEVER FLY!" -- but Piggie doesn't let Gerald's negativity ground her. Gerald continues to be a wet blanket ("Yes, it was a big jump. But you did not fly") until Piggie's various attempts eventually pay off...thanks to the help of a friendly pelican. Piggie's success then inspires the nay-saying elephant: "Tomorrow I will fly!" Willems conveys volumes with an expertly placed eyebrow or down-turned mouth, giving new readers valuable experience interpreting context clues in illustrations and even through varying type sizes; and the color-coded speech balloons suggest shared-reading opportunities for pals of any age or disposition. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 February #4)

Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! ) introduces two best friends in the paper-over-board Elephant & Piggie books: a naysaying gray bespectacled pachyderm and an optimistic pink porker, whose opposing temperaments serve as the bases for sparring and mutual understanding alike. When Piggie declares, "Today I Will Fly! ," Elephant responds, in Green Eggs and Ham fashion: "You will not fly today./ You will not fly tomorrow./ .../ You will never fly! " "I will try!" Piggie asserts. She gets assistance from a mock-ferocious bulldog, whose barking does help her to jump (but not fly), and an amiable pelican who demonstrates how friends can lend a hand (er, wing). Energetic Piggie dons a series of costumes (cowboy, clown, robot) to boost sulky Elephant's spirits in My Friend Is Sad . Elephant does not cheer up until Piggie shows up sans disguise: "I saw a cowboy !... But you were not there to see him! " Elephant laments. "I need my friends!" "You need new glasses...." Piggie whispers in an aside to readers, ending on a sly note. Willems treats each page (or spread) as one panel, so the action unfolds briskly against white backgrounds. He provides the emphatic dialogue in varying font sizes and keeps the design details simple but effective: Piggie's words appear in powdery rose-colored voice bubbles, Elephant's in pale blue-gray. Nevertheless, even inexperienced readers will not be busy long, whether or not they pause to chuckle at the dueling characters' changing facial expressions. Compared to Willems's more nuanced character studies, these episodes feel all too brief. Still, readers will likely clamor for more. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

[Page 89]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 May)

K-Gr 3 –In these two easy-to-read books, Willems introduces two best friends. Gerald is a slightly stodgy, bespectacled elephant with a stumpy, downturned trunk. Piggie is more daring and whimsical, and, like many friends, the two complement one another. In My Friend Is Sad , Piggie tries hard to cheer her dejected friend. She disguises herself as a cowboy, clown, and a robot, but Gerald doesn't recognize her and is sad because she isn't there to enjoy the fun. Without missing a beat, Piggie points out that he needs new glasses. In Today I Will Fly , Piggie announces her intention to do so to her skeptical pal. In the end, though, Gerald is making adventurous plans of his own. With just a few tweaks of his expressive lines, Willems creates engaging characters. The stories move briskly, with a minimal word count and touches of whimsy throughout. Fans of the author's previous books should check the endpapers for a cameo appearance of his familiar pigeon. These simple, humorous stories will sound just the right note for beginning readers.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

[Page 112]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
 
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