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Let's Go for a Drive!
Contributor(s): Willems, Mo (Author), Willems, Mo (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1423164822     ISBN-13: 9781423164821
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2012
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Annotation: Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Elephants
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Pigs
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2011053285
Lexile Measure: 310(Not Available)
Series: Elephant and Piggie Book
Physical Information: 0.38" H x 6.75" W x 9.31" (0.60 lbs) 64 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 154610
Reading Level: 1.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, 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). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Gerald suggests to Piggie that the pair go for a "Drive! Drive! Drivey-drive-drive!" The two determine and gather what they'll need but are missing one important thing: a car. Leave it to Piggie to figure out a creative alternate plan. Willems focuses on textual repetition in this amusing scenario of best-laid plans going awry, and the illustrations are energetic and expressive.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 October)

K-Gr 2—Best friends Elephant and Piggie are back in a new adventure that extols imaginative play and flexibility. Type-A Elephant suggests going for a drive (narrated hilariously by the friends with a Pigeon-esque "Drive! Drive! Drivey-drive-drive!"), but cannot stop panicking about contingencies long enough to relax. Piggie gamely supplies solutions to assuage Elephant's concerns, each time adding a new sound effect to their play-"Map! Map! Mappy-map-map!" and so on-guaranteeing laughs from children. Eventually, Elephant thinks of a need that Piggie cannot supply, causing him to have a flat-out meltdown (also reminiscent of the Pigeon), but in the end, Piggie's quick thinking saves the day. The clean line drawings mirror and support the concise text; both avoid unnecessary details while evoking the full range of emotion. The deceptive simplicity and the comic-book layout will entice even reluctant readers, and is a perfect read-aloud for groups of a wide age range. A must-have for every library.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library

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