Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book, 10)

by Mo Willems

Other authorsMo Willems (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2009



Call number




Hyperion Books for Children (2009), Edition: Illustrated, 64 pages


Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever?

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LibraryThing member conuly
Think Dick and Jane. Or, nowadays, think Dick and Jane with rhyming to make phonics. They have boring little stories that clearly repeat a lot of words for the sake of repeating them. I mean, they try, they really do, but there's only so much most authors can do with a list of 300 words, most of
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them short. These books are HARD to write.

Consequently, when your kid or student has outgrown a particular early reader, they're done with it. These books aren't REAL literature, after all. And real books are what kids REALLY want to read. We keep telling them to slog through the boring early readers and hope they take pride in the reading itself, but they WANT to read a good story.

Enter Elephant and Piggie. I don't know HOW Mo Willems does it, but with a few words and some simple drawings he's able to make these amazingly funny stories. I'm 26 years old, and *I* look forward to a new Elephant and Piggie book! These books last. You can use them as early readers. You can read them to younger children. Your early reader will read them again and again - which is great, because reading a text a second or third (or tenth) time is essential for building literacy skills. Plus, the text consists entirely of dialog. Hysterical dialog. So when you read - even as an early reader! - you have to ham it up. A lot. (The pictures help tell you the mood.) With any luck, this will help prevent kids from developing that monotonous drone so many of them have when they read aloud. YOU know the one, the one that can turn even the most exciting fight scene into a dirge? Dirges at least have melody.... And the pictures are just right too - first, they're super funny (Gerald's face when he decides he can't be near his best friend is classic) and second they provide enough clues to help the slower reader without telling the whole story. Your kid HAS to read the words to know what's going on, unlike in many books where they can look at the pictures and start guessing.

I can't praise these books highly enough. BUY THEM. Buy them for you. Buy them for your local school. Buy them for your kid.

The only problem I have with them is that they aren't available in paperback. Bummer. But they're pretty inexpensive for hardcover.

As for this particular book, it's not quite as funny as the others, but they set a pretty high bar. Best scene? Either the one where Gerald explains to Doctor Cat that "Pigs make me sneeze. And PIGGIE is a pig!" or the one where Piggie puts on a helmet in preparation for Gerald's next sneeze, but then Gerald gives this teeny tiny little -choo at the end of it.
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LibraryThing member cjwagstaff
"Gerald (the elephant) 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 Pigs Make Me Sneeze! Gerald believes that he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie
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A funny book where Gerald as usual worries too much -- is he allergic to Piggie? (No, he just has a cold.)

Great for ages 3 & older.
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LibraryThing member katykids
A very cute and silly story. It's the tale of a charming friendship. The illustrations are simple but very adorable. Great book.
LibraryThing member jenhope
I love Piggy and Elephant books. I think they are so creative and funny; they always make you laugh because one of them is always upset about something but in the end it always all works out. I would love to read these to the preschoolers and even toddlers; it would be fun to act out what they do
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in the story.
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LibraryThing member ringenka
In this elephant and piggie reader, Gerald is concerned that he is allergic to pigs. Gerald sneezes dramatically when Piggie is nearby and becomes convinced that he is allergic to Piggie. This upsets Gerald. Piggie is upset that Gerald is sneezing so loudly and the force from these sneezes knock
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Piggie over. In the pictures, Piggie finds a helmet to protect himself. Gerald leaves Piggie forever since Piggie makes him sneeze and goes to Doctor Cat. He continues to sneeze in the doctor's office and becomes concerned that he is also allergic to cats. Dr. Cat tells Gerald that he is neither allergic to pigs or cats, but rather has a cold. Gerlad is elated to have a cold, but Piggie is not so happy about it. this is a great simple story. The text is large matches the pictures and emotions perfectly. The illustrations are simple and expressive. A great reader by Mo Willems.
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LibraryThing member nicholspdx
Another fun Mo Willems book. Delightfully simple and quick enough paced to keep up with the attention span of a toddler. And a fun little story the adult reader will get a chuckle out of as well.
LibraryThing member LisaBohman
This is a simple story about Gerald the elephant thinking that he is allergic to pigs because he sneezes when near his friend, Piggie. When Doctor Cat enters the scene Gerald also sneezes, making him worry that he is allergic to cats too. Doctor Cat examines him and to the relief of Gerald,
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diagnoses him with a cold. Even though Gerald now knows he has a cold, he is ecstatic that he is not allergic to pigs or cats. This story has simple dialogue and speech bubbles as well as simple illustrations of only the characters throughout the story. Such simple illustrations focus the attention on the expressions of the characters. This is a great book for beginning readers. There is not much text on each page and it is a quick read, yet makes children feel like they have read a lot because it is a longer book. This book reminded my of "Books by Bob." I learned how to read from these books and they were simple like the "Elephant and Piggie" book.
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LibraryThing member queenoftheshelf
Gerald the elephant and Piggie the pig, former winners of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal for outstanding early reader books, are back in this winning little story. When Gerald can't stop sneezing, he worries that he may be allergic to his best friend, he seeks out the help of Dr. Cat and learns
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that sometimes the easiest answer is the correct answer.
Willems is masterful at combining negative space, with a muted pastel palette, leaving plenty of space for the word ballons that match the characters colors. This is a great introduction to reading for Kindergarteners who can handle the length and a great beginning reader book for First Graders who aren't ready for transitional chapter books.
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LibraryThing member brborsen
This book is one of my favorite children's books. It is humorous for readers of all ages, even adults. This story is filled with emotions which allows the reader to act out the story and use different dramatic techniques. Mo Willems does a great job creating a simple story that is so entertaining
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that it can be read multiple times without a problem. I have personally read this book at least five times and would love to read it again.
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LibraryThing member jessicaschmidt917
Gerald the elephant can't stop sneezing and discovers that he's allergic to his best friend Piggie, and might never get to see him again. Elephant hurls Piggie up and down and around the pages with his gigantic sneezes. The first sneeze begins as a modest "aaa," covering three pages as it grows and
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ends in an enourmous "CHOOOO!!!" that takes up a whole spread. This style makes for a fantastic read aloud for a group, and children will love reading the sneezes for themselves, too. Typical to the Elephant and Piggie series style, the two main characters are outlined in coloredpencil and filled in with solid color that matches their corresponding speech bubbles. The actual sentences they speak are short (no more than 8 words) and printed in large text for high visibility. The page backgrounds are plain white and there are never more than two characters on a page, allowing beginning readers to focus on the words without distraction. The Elephant and Piggie series of easy readers is a crowd favorite and this installment will not disappoint. Recommended for ages 4-8.
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LibraryThing member PlasticAtoms
An elephant, Gerald, worries that he's become allergic to his best friend Piggie, but is delighted to discover that he merely has a cold. I asked for this reader's advisory as if I was picking a book for myself as a child, and the librarian had a number of great suggestions -- this one caught my
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eye with its minimalist but distinctive look. It's a comic that reads almost like a storyboard. With the brisk pace, the emotional rollercoaster of the story, and several huge sneezes, this would be a wonderful book to read aloud!
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LibraryThing member Ms.Kunz
Great read-aloud, with much melodrama. It's a simple story, good for practicing prediction, with simple but very expressive drawings. The downcast elephant's drooping nose made me giggle.
LibraryThing member kitbraddick
Elephant and Piggie strike again! This book is full of humor, after all who is really allergic to their best friend!? It is fun to read this book to children because they know Gerald is wrong but know what is going to happen. I love watching their faces trying to make predictions. Like the other
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Elephant and Piggie books, the two pals have a comical relationship that is easy to follow. Elephant and Piggie will definitely be in my house and classroom in the future.
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LibraryThing member kellyknight01
Gerald the elephant believes that he is allergic to his best friend. He worries that he'll never be able to see him again. However, upon a doctor's visit, he finds out that the only thing that ails him is a cold!
LibraryThing member Davis22
This little book is a good resource for introducing primitive concepts of causality and presupposition to young people. They, of course, will not know it. But putting it in the back of their minds can help lay the foundation of much broader critical capacities. But mostly just read it because it is
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enjoyable, and my classes really love it.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Yes, five stars - they resonate with me, make me think and laugh, and are a hit with everyone I share them with. This one, admittedly, maybe 4.5 stars as it was a little implausible. But still. And poor Doctor Cat. And, as always, don't miss the end-papers.
LibraryThing member childrenslitpdx
This is a classic Elephant & Piggie book in terms of delightful humor found in the simplest of dialogue. Gerald enters the picture and starts sneezing up a storm around Piggie. Suddenly he gets the idea in his head that he is allergic to Piggie and they both become sad. Once Gerald goes to the
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doctor, he finds out that he obviously is ill, not allergic, and he returns to see Piggie to tell her the great news. Unfortunately, Piggie has now come down with a cold.
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64 p.; 9.38 inches




1423114116 / 9781423114116
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