Review by Booklist Review
Willems' beloved odd couple returns in this giggle-inducing conclusion to the Elephant and Piggie series. This time, Piggie is struck by the need to say thank you to everyone important to her. When she tells Gerald her plan, he skeptically replies, You will forget someone. Undeterred, Piggie exuberantly sets off on a Thank-O-Rama spree. From the start, readers will pick up from the illustrations that Gerald suspects Piggie will forget him. Quietly following Piggie, Gerald stands hopefully off to the side and grows increasingly agitated as Piggie hugs and thanks even the most insignificant of her friends Ice Cream Penguin, Doctor Cat, the flies. Kids will get a kick out of seeing Gerald appear as the unthanked elephant in the living room, so to speak, until Piggie finally realizes she has forgotten her best friend and acknowledges her mistake. A relieved Gerald tells Piggie that there is someone else she has neglected to thank: the reader! This sweetly silly introduction to expressing gratitude is a fitting send-off to one of children's literature's favorite duos.--Petty, J. B. Copyright 2016 Booklist
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Review by Horn Book Review
I am one lucky pig, thinks Piggie, sitting contentedly back-to-back with her best friend Gerald. True enough. Over the course of twenty-five easy readers shes been the free spirit to Geralds pragmatist, the risk taker to the old reliable (if officious) pachyderm. In this final (according to Willems; sob!) series entry, Piggie feels compelled to thank everyone who has touched her life. (Everyone? says Gerald, incredulous to the end. You will forget someone.) This gives Willems -- and readers -- the welcome excuse to revisit favorite characters from previous adventures. Weve got the squirrels, the snake, the lovebirds, the whale, Doctor Cat, Brian Bat, and many others, including that interloping pigeon; they all also appear on the front and back endpapers. You think you know where this is going, and its true that Piggie does forget to thank Gerald and Gerald does humorously blow his top. However, in another hallmark of the series, Willems provides an additional narrative twist, with an ending that is sweet, silly, ironic, metafictive, humorous, and heartfelt. In other words, its everything the Elephant Piggie series has been all along. elissa gershowitz (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Piggie is "one lucky pig," and she's determined to make sure she thanks "everyone who is important to" her in this, the final Elephant Piggie book.Gerald is sure his friend will forget someone"someone important"but Piggie assures him, "It will be a THANK-O-RAMA!" Piggie proceeds to thank the Squirrels for their great ideas, Snake for playing ball, and the Pigeon "for never giving up." Piggie thanks and thanks: "I am a thanking machine!" She thanks character after character, even the Flies ("Any time, dude!"), as Gerald continues to interject that she'll forget "someone VERY important." Finally Piggie runs out of thanks, and by this time Gerald is steamed. "I goofed," Piggie says in itty-bitty type, before lavishing thanks on Gerald. But that's not whom Piggie forgot to thank! A classic Willems tantrum later, Gerald reveals the "someone important": "Our reader." Of course. "We could not be us' without you," says Gerald, earnestly looking out from the page, and Piggie chimes in, "You are the best!" As Elephant Piggie books go, this isn't one of the strongest, but it is a validating valediction to fans of the two characters, who have won Willems two Geisel Medals and five Honors. Yes, Gerald and Piggie have ushered countless readers into literacy, but as they rightly note, reading is a collaborative act. Thank you, Gerald and Piggie. We'll miss you. (Early reader. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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