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I Am Going!
Contributor(s): Willems, Mo

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ISBN: 1423119908     ISBN-13: 9781423119906
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2010

Annotation: When Piggie tells Elephant, "I am going," you can imagine the thoughts that run through Elephant's head. Elephant, after all, sees everything in the darkest possible light. "What about me?" Elephant whines tearfully. "Who will I skip with? Who will I play ping pong with? Who will I wear a silly hat with?" Piggie remains resolute. She is going. Elephant declares that he will go, too. But that doesn't faze Piggie. Elephant pleads Piggie to go later--tomorrow, next week, next year. Piggie must go now. But "WHY? WHY? WHY?" cries Elephant. "It is lunch time, Gerald," Piggie explains. "I am going to eat lunch." Of course the two inseparable friends have lunch together, making today a good day. Just like yesterday. Mo Willems, a master at comic pacing, delivers another perfectly delightful Elephant & Piggie schtick that will have kids laughing as they learn to read.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Friendship; Fiction.
Elephants; Fiction.
Pigs; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009017643
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Elephant and Piggie
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.75" W x 0.50" (0.65 lbs) 57 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 155524
Reading Level: 0.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems 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). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Big Frog Can't Fit In.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards.

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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
"I am going," Piggie tells his friend Gerald. Gerald, completely in character, protests--for the next forty pages, twenty-six conversation balloons, and forty unique words. There's lots of repetition, giving youngsters practice with sight words along with pictures providing context for less common vocabulary (ping-pong, silly). Beginning readers will enjoy catching up on the antics of a couple of old friends. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #2)
When long-suffering Piggie tells his friend Gerald, "I am going," readers of the previous ten books in the series might well think: it's about time. After all, Gerald is a pretty high-maintenance friend, no matter how strong the bonds between the two might be. Here Gerald, completely in character, protests too much at Piggie's departure -- for the next forty pages, twenty-six conversation balloons, and forty unique words. "You cannot go! You must not go! I WILL NOT LET YOU GO!!!" Yes, there's lots of repetition, giving youngsters plenty of practice with sight words (such as you, not, and will) along with pictures providing much context for less common, but phonetically regular, vocabulary (such as ping-pong or silly). As it turns out, and probably to no one's surprise, Piggie is only going for lunch, and the two happily picnic together. "This is a good day," concludes Gerald. It's a good day as well for beginning readers who want to make new friends or simply catch up on the antics of a couple of old ones. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 June)

PreS-Gr 1—Once again, Willems shows his talent for distilling the most profound human emotions to just a few words. Gerald the elephant is exhibiting anxiety, and his issue is the fact that Piggie says, "I am going!" For young children, this fear of abandonment can surface even when a friend or caretaker leaves for a brief time. It turns out that Piggie is just planning to go get lunch, and in his typical, reassuring way, Willems shows a picnic spread at the end with the two friends enjoying the meal together, Gerald's worries having been assuaged. Fans of the series will recognize that sometimes Gerald is the in-charge character and sometimes it is Piggie; as in real life, different people show their vulnerabilities in different situations. Once again, Willems uses just two colors, showing pink Piggie marching on the front endpapers and gray Gerald hopping on the back. He uses text bubbles to indicate who is speaking and includes plenty of white space. The illustrations are hilarious while at the same time capturing the truest of feelings. Be sure to add this easy reader to your collection as an addition to the series or even as a stand-alone.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

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