Piggy is heartbroken when a ball he found gets taken by a very, big guy.
Author / Illustrator: Mo Willems
Length: 64 pages, 1-15 words per page
Word Choice: With short sentences and simple words, this is an excellent choice for a beginner reader. Since the focus of the story is comparing sizes (big, little, bigger, smaller) it is also a fun book for talking about size differences as well as the lesson (which comes out at the end) that size makes no difference for friendship.
Illustrations: Willems’ amusing, signature simple drawings characteristic of all the Elephant and Piggie books.
Read-aloud-ability: This book reads aloud well and it is fun to emphasize the different emotions of the characters in the story. My 18 month old loved this story and I caught her “reading” it to her self (every page said “ball” according to her).
Additional thoughts: If you are looking for a simple story that encourages sharing and inclusion across ages (or sizes) this is a pleasant and comical winner. If you are unfamiliar with the Elephant and Piggie stories, we’d recommend our favorite–There Is A Bird On Your Head, it is even funnier.
Kids’ Vote: 4 Stars
Parents’ Vote: 4 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars