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Listen to My Trumpet! (Elephant & Piggie #17)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  1,665 ratings  ·  181 reviews
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 Listen to My Trumpet! Piggie can’t wait to play her new instrument for Gerald! But is she ready to listen to his reaction?

Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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I had never heard of Mo Willems until I checked out the list of top children's books here on GR. But he is quickly becoming one of our favorite authors. An adorable story about pig showing the elephant how he plays his new trumpet, the pictures and the story lines are enough to keep my 5 yr old and twin 2 yr olds engaged and interested. Fun stories with interesting twists you don't often see in other children's books, they are books even I can get into and enjoy. This one is probably about a lev...more
When I first glanced through this one and saw all of Piggie's noises, I thought, "Uh-oh, this is going to be a mess for a beginning reader to read." But Mo was a step ahead of me as usual. I just read it out loud for the first time to my 11yo, deliberately saying each one of the trumpet noises out loud along the way.

You know what? Each of the noises is a five letter "word," each starting with a two-letter blend like /bl/ or /gr/, followed by a hyphen, and each ending with a three-letter rime su...more
This would be a fun one to perform at storytime! Now... where can I borrow a trumpet?!
Aug 10, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
Yay! Another Elephant and Piggie story! We read them as soon as we can get them at our local library. We just love these books and our girls love to play the different parts.

With only two speaking parts, I got to sit back and listen to our girls read the book to me. I love how Mo Willems includes lots of varying volumes and enthusiasm in his dialogue and I was so impressed how our girls used different inflections in their voice to convey these changes. Oh, and the onomatopoeia of the trumpet no...more
Unlike other Elephant and Piggie books, this one is mostly sound effects as Piggie tries to play the trumpet for Gerald. It doesn't really help a kid who trying to practice reading. And I have always had trouble making a trumpting sound, let alone making 6 different bad trumpet sounds, so I'm not looking forward to reading this one aloud either.

Update: I read this to the kids and they laughed non-stop through the whole story, probably more than any other Elephant and Piggie book yet. So, I added...more
Kristin McIlhagga
It blows my mind that each time I read a Mo Willems book, he still manages to surprise me. Listen to My Trumpet again made me laugh out loud as Piggie "performs" on his trumpet for Gerald. My 7-year-old brought it over to me at our local independent bookstore and demanded the we read it immediately. She read the part of Piggie and I was Gerald. We loved it. The fact that her daddy plays trumpet and she actually has an Aunt Molly made her give it a 6 out of 5 stars. You won't be disappointed!
It's hard to call it Children's Literature, but truthfully it's been a bridge for us. Mo Willems has touched a little corner of my daughter's heart with his dear Elephant and Piggie books and she has developed a desire to read after devouring this series. Thanks, Mo Willems! Elephant and Piggie are a great example of a real, beautiful friendship, too. Good lessons to learn for young readers!
Kate Gorman
I want a friend like Piggie who wants to communicate with me anyway necessary.

I want a friend like Gerald, who knows that a friend wants to hear the truth.

Elephant and Piggie books are great for early readers (my recommendation is Kindergarten and First Graders) who like a bit of silly.

I also think Elephant and Piggie books are great to brighten up an adults day.
Melinda Garman
Biggie just wants to be able to speak to elephant in his own language. You could use this book to talk to students about different languages and how we can communicate with them. Are they are universal languages or ways to communicate? Recommended for K through 2nd grade.
Ah Mo Willems...this book is a home run for children who listen and the adult who reads to them. Subtle and meaningful illustrations. Deceptively simple text that lends itself to discussion and interpretation.
I love many of the Elephant and Piggie books for story time- I'm a childrens's librarian- and this one is no exception. Make sure to make lots of funny trumpet sounds, and you'll have kids ROFLing :)
My niece gave a fantastic, succinct review of Listen to My Trumpet. "Well," she said, "that book was just a lot of noise." Amen, sister!
Bridget R. Wilson
I had an "ahhh" moment when Piggie revealed what she was trying to do with her trumpet. Great addition to a wonderful series.
Why am I just figuring out that Piggie is a girl? I probably should have asked a five year old!
"I didn't like all the funny words when he was trying to make music."
Kelly Rae
Piggie Storytime. Played my trumpet too!
I love the Piggie and Gerald series by Mo Willems, and this book is one of my favorites in the series. In this book, Piggie acquires a trumpet, and when she plays, the notes are BLUUUURRRKs and BL-Aps,TRINKS, and GRELPS. She then asks her best friend Gerald what he thinks of her trumpet playing, he stalls and stutters a little bit because he thinks that what she has played does not sound like music, but more like his Aunt Molly with a cold. When he gets around to telling Piggie this, she says t...more
Oct 03, 2012 Megan added it
Summary: This book was about a Pig, Piggie, who has an elephant named Gerald for a friend. Piggie wants to play his new trumpet for Gerald, but Piggie is NOT good at playing the trumpet. Gerald is Piggie’s friend but isn’t sure how to tell Piggie that the sounds he is making isn’t music. When Gerald finally tells Piggie the truth, Piggie is shocked that Gerald thought he was trying to play music, because what he was really trying to do was talk like an elephant!

Audience: This is a short picture...more
Jennifer Peterson
This is one of many adorable books in the "Elephant and Piggie" series. It is a cute story about a predicament many of us have been in ourselves...whether to be honest or not when you are at the risk of hurting someone's feelings. Piggie has just gotten a trumpet and is ecstatic to share his new talent with his good friend, Elephant. The problem is, after playing, Piggie wants Elephant's opinion on his performance. Elephant is at a loss as to a response for the 'music' he has just endured. This...more
Piggie is so excited! She has a trumpet! She cannot wait to show Gerald what she can do with the trumpet. Gerald, however, is not impressed. With every Gr-ICK! and Sk-ACK! Piggie makes, Gerald thinks to himself, That is not music! How can he ever tell his best friend that he does not like her trumpet playing?

One of my favorite parts of the Elephant and Piggie books are the little nuances Willems adds to his drawings. Gerald and Piggie make some of the funniest faces. I'm always amazed at what...more
In my eyes, Mo Willems can do no wrong. In particular, the Elephant & Piggie series are fantastic in their simplicity, the use of volume, noises, etc., and I just love how the stories trick you into thinking that it'll be a basic and predictable story, and then surprise you. Listen to My Trumpet! is no different. It's the story of Piggie's new trumpet, which makes horrible screeches, and Gerald having to make the decision to be honest and tell Piggie how it really sounds. But of course, thin...more
Paul  Hankins
When Piggie shares his new trumpet with Elephant and asks for feedback, Elephant is placed in a difficult situation that will be very familiar to older readers (like us), but new interpersonal waters to navigate for younger readers.

This would make a very good read-aloud for the beginning of a Summer Institute with The National Writing Project. Piggie never reveals his motive for having picked up the trumpet, but writers can ask--and NWP celebrates this--readers to Bless, Address, or Press a pie...more
This chapter book is great and I can only imagine how good the other books in the series are. Every friendship goes through this sort of problem and its good when children can read about it and experience so they have an idea about how to handle the situation. Piggy loves his new trumpet and shows it off to his friend Gerald the elephant. Piggy wants to know what Gerald thinks of his playing and Gerald is at a loss for what to say. Piggy's playing was not good but Gerald does not want to hurt hi...more
Verity Larson
I think this is my son's favorite Piggy & Elephant book to date, largely because of all the noises. I love that Gerald didn't want to hurt Piggy's feelings but was still honest. This series of books are simple and yet fun and engaging.
Copyright date: Feb 7, 2012
-Piggy is learning to play the trumpet. Gerald thinks it sounds terrible, and tells his friend the truth.
-Honestly. Kindness.
-Kindergarten students loved this as read aloud (sound effects of trumpet playing).
It gets me every single time. Every. Time! I never see the ending, not even by a mile. These guys are just hilarious and fantastic; I can't get enough of Elephant and Piggie. Their adventures always put a smile on my face and I love the wacky illustrations. Mo Willems really captures some delightful characters and I love their interaction together and the crazy scenarios they come across. This book was a hoot, er, I mean, gr-ick! If you're already a fan of the E&P books this story won't disa...more
Edward Creter
In this one, Piggie plays a trumpet in Elephant Gerald's ear--which is a big ear, as elephants go. And as you can imagine Gerald, being a friend (the type that don't always say what you wanna hear) has to break it to the pig that his playing (for lack of a better phrase) is so not Dizzy Gillespig. (Weeelll, at least he's nice about it.)
Stephanie Croaning
It's always somewhat painful to listen to someone learning a new instrument, but Mo Willlems makes that moment extra special in typical Elephant & Piggie style!
Steve H
Piggie has a new trumpet and plays it for Gerald, but Gerald isn't sure what to say about Piggie's playing. As a trumpet player, I've been there.
Dana Pressnell
I liked it but not as well as the typical Mo Willems books. Hard to make the right noises. Would love to see Mo read this one aloud.
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early r...more
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