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: 13,670

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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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Gerald the elephant and Piggie return with another playground psychodrama, this one with a twist. Piggie just loved the big ball she just found-"it was so fun!"-but the fun was short-lived, as the titular "big guy came-and-and-and- / HE TOOK MY BALL!" Piggie's distress is so great Gerald is literally bowled over. "That is not right!" he declares. "What makes those big guys think they are so big?!" "Their size?" suggests Piggie. Gerald stalks off the page to give the big guy what-for, but the big guy is "very BIG." In fact, the big guy is a land-going whale, who first thanks Piggie for finding his "little ball" and then laments that no one will play with him because of his extreme size: "LITTLE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN." (The whale speaks in all-uppercase letters, though the font changes with his mood; the previous sentence is printed in tiny, all-capped type.) This morality play in false assumptions and relativity unfurls with Willems' customary command of visual pacing; gags are spaced just right to keep the pages turning and readers giggling. His deft exploitation of comic-book conventions sets speech balloons to overlapping and appropriately varying in size. Nineteen books and five Geisel medals or honors along, Elephant and Piggie are still delivering funny, emotionally perceptive stories for just-emerging readers. As the big guy says: "BIG FUN!" (Early reader. 5-8) Kirkus"