A Big Guy Took My Ball!

A Big Guy Took My Ball!

Hardback Elephant & Piggie Books

By (author) Mo Willems, Illustrated by Mo Willems

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  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Format: Hardback | 56 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 236mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1423174917
  • ISBN 13: 9781423174912
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 12,378

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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 "A Big Guy Took My Ball! "Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?

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Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one "New York Times "best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!," "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale," and "Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity"). "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for "There Is a Bird on Your Head! "and "Are You Ready to Play Outside?") as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and "Let's Go for a Drive!").Other favorites include "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed" and "City Dog, Country Frog," illustrated by Jon J Muth. See above.

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PreS-Gr 1 Once again Willems observes truths about human behavior through the eyes of Gerald, an elephant, and Piggie. The premise this time is that Piggie's recently acquired ball has been snatched by some unknown creature, one so big that Piggie begs Gerald to intervene. But Gerald's perceived power and genuine desire to help his smaller friend cannot provide him with sufficient courage once he sees that he'll have to confront an enormous whale. Outward appearance is rarely a true indicator of inner feelings, though, and the same reality is reflected in the whale, who turns out to be a gentle giant who is remarkably polite. Size should never be a factor in determining friendship, and Willems's two pals are happy to have a new playmate. The story engages readers with delightfully familiar cartoon illustrations and invites them to follow it independently by reading the speech bubbles. This title is a wonderful addition to the series; it's particularly useful for discussions of inside and outside traits, as well as the tricky topic of threesomes. Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT SLJ"