I'm a frog!

Mo Willems

Book - 2013

Piggie introduces his reluctant friend, Gerald the elephant, to the wonderful world of pretend.

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Series
Elephant & Piggie book.
Subjects
Genres
Readers (Publications)
Published
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group [2013]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
54 pages : color illustrations, 24 cm
ISBN
9781423183051
1423183053
9781480610705
1480610704
Main Author
Mo Willems (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gerald the elephant is stunned when Piggie announces he is a frog. "You look like a pig. And your name is Piggie." So Piggie explains the concept of pretending, which Gerald doesn't get at all. When Piggie tells Gerald he can pretend, he contends he can't. This is even slighter than most of the series' previous books, but it does have a funny surprise ending, and kids get to consider just what it means to pretend. The familiar pictures get their action from Piggie hopping around and their humor from the droll expression on the elephant's face. New readers will like this because the same word is repeated over and over: ribbit. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Elephant and Piggie continue to amuse in this early reader. Piggie pretends to be a ribbiting, jumping frog, and children will catch on quickly and delight in "explaining" to Elephant that his friend is not actually a frog. The story is especially entertaining when Piggie tries to convince Elephant that he, too, can play—their banter escalates to a spread of tangled "No, I can't!/Yes, you can!" speech bubbles. True to Willems's style, a white background, minimal color, and charcoal outlines draw focus to the always-changing facial expressions of Elephant and Piggie. With heavy black dashes to signify motion, Piggie practically jumps off the page. The story ends with a playful twist, in which Elephant finally comprehends and pretends to be a cow. I'm a Frog will join the ranks of other well-loved Elephant and Piggie books.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City [Page 107]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A latest adventure starring the intrepid mismatched duo finds the irrepressible Piggie announcing that he has changed identities and turned into a frog, a game that the reserved Gerald has difficulty accepting. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 125,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Piggie introduces his reluctant friend, Gerald the elephant, to the wonderful world of pretend.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 I'm a Frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie's new identity?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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 I'm a Frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie's new identity?