Early Readers – I Will Surprise My Friend

After watching how much fun a squirrel has in surprising his friend, Gerald and Piggie decide to surprise each other. But their plan for fun is complicated when they both try to be the one who will hide.

Mo Willems is already racking up the awards – including the Theodore Geisel Award – for his Elephant and Piggie series of early readers. I was already a huge fan of these books, and this latest installment is by far and away my favorite of the series. It is absolutely hilarious.

One of the great parts about the this series is that Willems is well aware of his audience and its capabilities. The words are important to the story, and much of the humor would be lost without reading the text. But at the same time, the illustrations speak loudly as well. The pictures are simple line drawings on a white background, but Willems is

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