Are You Ready to Play Outside? (Elephant and Piggie Series)

Are You Ready to Play Outside? (Elephant and Piggie Series)

by Mo Willems


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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can't wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423113478
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Series: Elephant and Piggie Series , #7
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 31,047
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 140L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mo Willems is the author and illustrator of such groundbreaking books as Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor winner 2004) and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor winner 2003), leading the New York Times to declare him "the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the '00s." Mo considers this series some of his most fun work.

Mo's deceptively simple art style was developed in his early career as a six-time Emmy Award-winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Are You Ready to Play Outside? (Elephant and Piggie Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
teachermama More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for emergent readers. My kindergartener and 4 year old loved this book the first time through and my kindergartener loves to read it aloud to family. The story is very easy to follow and my young children are able to relate to the characters because the characters' facial expressions/body language are open to interpretation! The pictures help my eager reader figure out words she's unfamiliar with. This is also a great book to ask prediction/comprehension questions with... Great find!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3-yr-old son and I love to read this book. A must-have for any parent/child reading relationship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the adventures of Piggie and Gerald. These books teach about sharing, adversity, friendship and humor. I've shared them with the teachers at my preschool and the children love them. The facial expressions on Piggie and Gerald are priceless. Great for parents to read to their kids. I look forward to more adventures.
misscopaneca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book! For early readers and English Language Learners, it is a great book because the text is simple enough to ensure success, but it doesn't seem like a "baby" book. The illustrations (especially Piggie's expressions) add to the text.
ffox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After having some trouble with "My Friend is Sad" I knew I needed to give Willems' Elephant & Piggie books a second try. I really enjoyed this one. It had the simplistic yet clever style I like from the Pigeon books. The message was simple and silly. I understand more clearly how these two characters can be so appealing.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute, a nice story of friendship - my 5 year old kindergartner worked her way through it slowly but surely. Funny ending!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can NOT get enough of Elephant and Piggie.Piggie's crushing despair as she explains, in small text, that she is "not a happy pig". Elephant's sweet solution to the lack of rain. The worms, splishing in the puddles!Simple - but exciting - text for beginning readers, and hysterical illustrations. What's not to love?
emgriff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just as Piggie and Gerald get ready to head outside to play a rainstorm begins. Piggie, as usual, overreacts while Gerald tries to make his friend feel better. In the end the two discover how much fun playing in the rain can be, just as the weather clears up. Simple, whimsical illustrations make extraordinary use of speech bubbles and humorous expressions. While the plot of this book is not as original as some of Willems' other Elephant and Piggie books, the amusing story and familiar characters will appeal to early readers. As usual, Willems is able to make creative use of a very limited number of words. Highly recommended for libraries which serve preschool through first grade children.
jscheper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story about Piggie and Gerald and their friendship. The two are so excited to play outside but Piggie gets very upset when it starts to rain. Piggie yells, "I DO NOT LIKE RAIN". Gerald an elephant and Piggie's good friend holds his ear up to protect Piggie from the rain. They notice two little worms enjoying the rain and they decide to follow in their footsteps. Once they start enjoying the rain it goes away and they are again miserable. Gerald and Piggie are super adorable. The illustrations are super simple yet very adorable. There is not much background in the illustrations, the focus is the two characters. The writing of the characters is so timeless and fun. Piggie yells quite a bit, which makes for a fun read-aloud. A great set of characters to follow on other adventures.
rachelsticka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gerald and Piggie are hysterical in Are You Ready to Play Outside? I think any child can relate to Piggie's ever-changing emotions about the rain. This a great, very relatable book.
jcloke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book won the "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award" 2009/2010. I love Mo Willem's books and I highly recommend them for any primary children. The illustrations are very simple, but the facial expressions on the characters are simply fabulous. You can just look at the pictures and the book is absolutely hilarious. I really like to read Willem's books to my ESL Kindergarten classes because he uses very simple humour and doesn't have too much going on in each page.
alphaselene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q, 4P: Another creative story with compelling illustrations from former Sesame Street writer.
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mo Willems is probably my favorite current childrens picture book author, and he doesn't disappoint with this cute, simple, yet enjoyable story. Piggie is so excited to play outside when it starts to rain! What a nightmare, but piggie like all children should learn is that you should make the best with what you got, and that is exactly what he does. He learns to love the rain, but then it stops...
SarahWilmot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of a fantasy because the reader needs to withhold skepticism in order to fully enter into the magic of the book. The author has crafted a believable world where an elephant and a pig are friends who converse and play in the rain.Illustrations: colored pencil and computer graphics (?)
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Piggie's whining seems out of character, but I do appreciate Gerald's attempts to cheer her up. Good, but not the best of the Elephant and Piggie books.
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SUSIE77 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and well written. Love the illustrations and story. Makes one think while intertaing.
lulu1973 More than 1 year ago
My 20 month old daughter took to Gerald and Piggie right away! The story is engaging with lots to talk about even when not reading. (rain, play, pigs, elephants) Also, she loves the title so when she wakes up on a sunny day we often ask, "Are you ready to play outside!?" This is met with an enthusiastic "Yes!" The lessons in the books are great, too. Sometimes rain is ok and sometimes it's not. Friends are great to have around to help you when you are down. There is always a way to make a bad situation better. The list goes on. We are excited to purchase out next Piggie and Gerald tale - this was a great start to our collection!
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My son and I are HUGE fans of Gerald and Piggie, they are so silly, and they always teach a good lesson. We can't say enough, Mo Willems can always be counted on to give a great story, simple and funny pictures for the kids to look at and "read" and easy words for the beginning reader too. We have almost all of the elephant and piggie books and will continue to collect them as long as they are written!
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