We Are in a Book!
We Are in a Book!

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Series: Elephant & Piggie   

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Annotation: Piggie discovers that she and Gerald are in a book and she can make the reader say a funny word out loud, but then Gerald realizes that the book is going to end soon.
Catalog Number: #47009
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 57 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-423-13308-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-47713-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-423-13308-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-47713-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2010035529
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In their latest pairing, Elephant and Piggie are finally ready to get meta. Realizing that their trademark blank background is, in fact, a page, the duo has a blast convincing the reader to say funny things out loud til Piggie mentions that the book will soon end. Cue Elephant's existential crisis: "WHEN WILL THE BOOK END!?!" From there on, it's a cute t never too heady ay on the physical object that the reader is holding, including a bit where Piggie appears to flip the pages forward to get a sense of how much time they have left. Willems' satisfying (if self-serving) solution? Read it again!
Horn Book
After discovering that they're in a book and someone is watching them--"a reader is reading us!"--Gerald and Piggie decide to have a little fun with their audience. When Gerald panics after learning that the book must end, Piggie finds a way to console him--and keep readers engaged. Willems successfully and humorously deconstructs the concept of a book for the youngest readers.
Kirkus Reviews
Stalwart friends Piggie and Gerald the elephant push the metafictive envelope in a big way when they realize that "someone is looking at us." Is it a monster? worries Gerald. "No," replies the squinting Piggie. "It is... / a reader! / A reader is reading us!" How? wonders Gerald. Piggie drapes herself on a word bubble to demonstrate: "We are in a book!" "THAT IS SO COOL!" Joy leads to a little bit of clever practical joking—Piggie figures out how to make the readers say "banana" out loud, and hilarity ensues—which gives way to existential angst: "The book ends?!" exclaims an appalled Gerald. Emergent readers just beginning to grapple one-on-one with the rules of the printed codex will find the friends' antics both funny and provocative: Just who is in control here, anyway? As always, Willems displays his customary control of both body language and pacing even as he challenges his readers to engage with his characters and the physicality of their book. The friends' solution to the book's imminent end? "Hello. Will you please read us again?" You bet. (Early reader. 4-8)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2&12; Make room for another satisfying episode in the escapades of lovable Elephant (aka Gerald) and Piggie. This time the best buddies star in a witty metafictional romp replete with visual gags, such as Piggie hanging from a speech bubble and Elephant blocking the author's name on the title page. Willems revs up the fun when the friends realize that someone is watching. Who can it be? Cautious Gerald asks, "A monster?" while savvy Piggie answers, "No. It is...a reader! A reader is reading us!" Mirth ensues as the delightful creatures comprehend a newfound power: "If the reader reads out loud," they can make the reader say words. Piggie decides upon "Banana" and Gerald's sidesplitting laughter proves contagious for all involved. But, when Gerald learns that books end, with Piggie demonstrating by turning the bottom corner of the page to see how many are left, he shouts, "This book is going too fast! I have more to give!" Not to worry&12;the ever-resourceful Piggie has Gerald ask, "Will you please read us again?" Beginning readers will grant Gerald's request, while grown-ups will marvel at Willems's extraordinary ability to animate his personality-packed gray and pink characters with the widest range of emotions, all drawn with the simplest of line.&12; Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools
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Word Count: 256
Reading Level: 0.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 0.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 154356 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.0 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q57048
Lexile: 200L
Guided Reading Level: H
Fountas & Pinnell: H

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.


In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Using vocabulary perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a mind-bending story that is even more interactive than previous Elephant & Piggie adventures. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo won't be able to put this book down--literally!


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