We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book), by Mo Willems
Genre: Kids Book
Rating: 5 stars
I don’t normally rate kids books, but after reading this book dozens of times to my kids, I just learned something that blew my mind…
The premise of the book is pretty simple. Gerald (the elephant) realizes that someone’s looking at him and Piggie. When they realize it’s a “reader,” Gerald gets really excited. They play games with the reader, assuming you’re reading it out loud – which you should. These books are a lot of fun to read out loud. Don’t believe me? Here you go:
As is inevitable with every book, you eventually get to the end, and our two heroes are hopeful that you’ll read their book again.
And despite reading the book many times, I just now figured out something about the book that’s bothered me for a while.
On the first page, Piggie winks and says, “Thank you!”
Because he remembers that they asked you to read the book again, even if Gerald has forgotten. And I think that’s why it took me so long to figure out. Gerald’s so totally clueless that I just assumed Piggie didn’t know either. But he does. And he uses that knowledge, playing the same jokes on Gerald over and over and over again, pretending it’s new every time. It makes me so happy that I gave Piggie the Gollum voice way back when I did that reading.
This isn’t your normal children’s book. Piggie is a diabolical, time-travelling genius, who is constantly amused by the obliviousness of his elephant friend. It makes me so happy that I gave Piggie the Gollum voice way back when I did that reading.