Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems

Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems had Anna roaring with laughter and asking for me to reread it again and again.

Gerald, the elephant, is really upset when he thinks that he may be alergic to pigs because Piggy, a cute little pig, is his best friend!  This story is told with simple pictures and very few words.  Though I am not a big fan of the cartoon style book, I actually liked this book.

Mo Willems, author and illustrator, has written a number of books featuring Elephant and Piggie, and a number of books featuring other characters.  You can learn more about him in this video of Mo Willems sharing a bit of his biography and how he started writing. On Mo Willems blog I learned about his chalkboard walls and his dinner doodles.  His home sounds like a fun place to live!

To extend the fun of the book,  check out Gerald's page and Piggie's page for facts about each character and a colouring page for each character.  Also check out the Elephant and Piggie Books Party Kit which suggests fun activities for all the Elephant and Piggie Books.  For Pigs Makes Me Sneeze it suggests using the book to initiate a discussion about alergies.  It also suggests the following fun activities: have a kids share sneezing techniques, have a  loudest sneeze contest, decorate tissue boxes with elephant and piggie drawings.

I think part of the reason that Anna loved the book so much was because I really put everything into reading it.  When her father tried to read it to her she took the book from him and told him he wasn't reading it right, and brought it to me to read again.  So, if you want your child to really love Pigs Make Me Sneeze, make sure you have fun reading it.  :)

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