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Let's Go for a Drive! (Elephant & Piggie #18)

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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 Let's Go for a Drive Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road. But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Melissa
There's a classic bit of writer's advice that a good ending is both surprising and inevitable. Mo Willems has this down at the DNA level; the Elephant and Piggie books always, always, always end well.

Again there's a lot of strength in the expressions on the two friends' faces and the way their bodies inhabit the pages. I read this with my 11yo, who loved the line, "A pig with a car would be silly." She cracked up and said, "But a pig with all this other stuff is okay?"

Great attention to detail
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Douglas Cootey
Aug 26, 2014 Douglas Cootey rated it really liked it
I've been studying Mo Willems lately. What's the big hullabaloo about Mo Willems? His art's not the best. It's rather rudimentary. His colors are muted and uninspiring. His plots aren't innovative. His stories are about the sounds that animals make or fractured fairy tales, for example—subjects covered by countless other picture book authors. In fact, his plots are rather ordinary. So why is he so popular? It became my mission to find out, so I borrowed 8 of his books from the library.

This book
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Jaksen
Jan 03, 2016 Jaksen rated it it was amazing
Another book my seven-year old grandson handed to me and told me to READ. He got this one and one other for Christmas and whether we read them alone or together, we smile and giggle all the way through. There's humor and silliness and these two - the elephant and the pig - get up to some rather crazy, yet simple-to-understand shenanigans. In this one they're trying to take a trip, a drive, but neither knows exactly how to go about doing so, so they get a map...

The map later re-appears in a total
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Dolly
Aug 10, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
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.

Younger children will love the repetition
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Crystal Bandel
Oct 08, 2013 Crystal Bandel rated it it was amazing
Let's Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems, published 2012.

Fiction.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 2.

Found via Booklist, reviewed by Daniel Kraus.

Gerald the elephant has the idea to go for a drive, and his best friend, Piggie, agrees. Together, the two of them collect various things they could need for a drive--umbrellas, sunglasses, a map, and bags. When it comes time to get a car, though, neither of them has one, and the two have to find a new way to spend their day. Like other books in this series, this
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Erin
Jun 15, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens, 2014
As an elementary school librarian and a mom to two young kids, I firmly believe that Mo Willems is a genius. I recently acquired this book and it has strengthened my opinion. Willems continues to solidify his place as my favorite children's book author.

The Elephant and Piggie books are a series of easy-readers. I rarely enjoy reading fiction easy-readers, and thus have a tendency to avoid doing so. In an interview with Willems, he discussed how easy-readers are known in the publishing world as
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midnightfaerie
Sep 09, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another wonderful Willems book that kept both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds fascinated. Not enough words to be even a reading level 1 book, Willems still has a way about him to bring the reader into his wonderful world. These books are ones my whole family loves. And a fellow friend on GR recently told me that the pigeon was hidden in each book and we now love to look for him too! Fun for all and a great addition to any children's library!
Lauren
Oct 03, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
I know this seems weird but I am worried that Elephant is becoming a caricature of himself. This installment was less subtle in its humor and I miss the added dimension that Willems usually includes.
Aaron
Nov 30, 2012 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Humans
Mo Willems in general and his Elephant and Piggie books in particular are the best things to happen to children's literature since a guy named Steve started making lists of Best Things to Happen to ______ since _______ back in the 1870s. You could look up that Steve thing or just trust that I did not make it up.

In any case, the latest adventures of Gerald and Piggie involve typically hilarious preparations for a road trip and culminate in a punchline that is utterly charming and delightful even
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Jose
Jun 07, 2013 Jose rated it liked it
Mo Willems' "Let's Go for a Drive!" was an honoree for the 2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel award. The cover shows an elephant and Piggie driving a mango-colored convertible with a pigeon ornament. However, this is in a though bubble above a cut-off Elephant and Piggie. The story starts with Elephant and Piggie having the great idea of going for a drive. The illustrations are simple and colorful as is the text. I think the idea is very engaging for children because of their nature to imitate adults. Th ...more
Anna
Dec 18, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
Let's Go for a drive / Mo Willems / 2012
Genre: fiction
Format: easy/beginning reader

Plot summary: Good friends Elephant and Piggie, sharing their high spirits through song and dance, prepare for a drive. Best plans go awry when they realize they have no car.

Considerations: none
Review: (from ALA)
"Text clues in color-coded speech bubbles, white backgrounds and bold mixed-media illustrations add to the book’s appeal for beginning readers."

Section source: Geisel Award 2013 Honor Book
Recommended age
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Karin
Short Response:
Willems, Mo. Let's Gof for a Drive!. Hyperion Books for Children, 2012. 64 p. Gr. Pre-K-2.

This is another 'Elephant & Piggie' series books and yet another Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book for Mo Willems. This story follows Gerald and Piggie as they plan and collect all of the many things that they will need to go for a drive. The pair collect everything from a map to bags, finally realizing that "there will be a lot of driving on [their] drive" and they need a car! The story in
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Kelly Sue
Willems, Mo. Let’s Go For a Drive! (An Elephant & Piggie Book). New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2012. Print. Award Winner. Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book. – This book is one of many that follows the adventures of Elephant and Piggie. On this particular day, these friends decide that they want to go for a drive. They get very excited, but they keep realizing that they need to bring certain things with them for this drive. This pattern of need, get, celebrate continues throughout the ...more
Judy
Amazingly good. Somebody put me onto Mo Willems the other week and I picked it up in the library when I saw it. How clever and well pitched it is! Cleverly packaged in a format VERY reminiscent of a Dr Seuss book (it reminded me strongly of Go Dog, Go - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4... or Hop on Pop) it has the same fun, rhythmic beat with a slightly simpler visual format, making it ideal learn-to-read material as well as entertaining read-aloud bedtime fun. And on top of this, it uses t ...more
Brooke Snyder
Nov 10, 2014 Brooke Snyder rated it really liked it
Shelves: theodore-geisel
Summary: Gerald the elephant had an idea to go for a drive and asked piggy to go with him. He decided they needed to plan first. They did so; one thing they forgot is they don’t even have a car! The two friends decided to play pirate instead.

Personal Response/Critical Response: This would be an appropriate book to use for children in pre-k—1st grade. Children can relate to this book because we all go on drives, we all plan (especially our parents, right?) Children can also relate to playing pira
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Mary Beth
Oct 06, 2014 Mary Beth rated it liked it
a. This book is about a pig and elephant that are friends who want to go on a drive. The entirety of the book is an exchange between the two about what they need before they go on the drive, including sunglasses, a map, and a car. Eventually, they figure out they do not have what they need to go on a drive and decide to do something else together.
b.The themes of this book involves planning activities and adapting to change. Their original plan of going for a drive doesn't work, so the pair has
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Jasmine
Dec 09, 2014 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Lets Go for a Drive is another book by Mo Willems. This book is about an elephant and a big where they are best friends going on a road trip. They begin the initial phases of panning out their trip and after they have everything packed they remembered that they were missing the most important thing…. A car! The bummer was that none of them had a car, so everyone hot really sad and disappointed, but then they thought of a solution and everyone felt a lot better. This book is very appropriate for ...more
Ann
Jan 06, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
Another Elephant and Piggie book! What could be better? Except this one doesn't have the odd, charming clarity and balance of the best books (There is a Bird on Your Head and We Are in a Book!) in the series. It's kind of like breaking open a pinata--it's too much bozzaz. But even if the story doesn't hit the target, there is almost nothing more pleasurable than watching Gerald and especially Piggie pull faces.
Connor
Oct 01, 2014 Connor rated it it was amazing
Lets Go for a Drive by Mo Willems is a story about Piggie and Gerald who want to go for a drive. Gerald is all about planning, and plans for rain or sunshine and bags to pack all their stuff in. But then Gerald realizes they are missing one of the most important things for their drive...a car! After all that planning, Gerald is saddened but Piggie has just the right idea to make everything all better. The themes of this book are friendship, planning, and cooperation. One way to use this book in ...more
Melissa
Oct 04, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Willems, M. (2012). Let's Go for a Drive! New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Choice Book

2013 Geisel Honor

In this adorable little romp with Piggie and Elephant, Elephant decides he wants to go for a drive! They both get excited, but Elephant declares they need a plan. During the planning of their adventure, Elephant sends Piggie off to gather their supplies. Elephant exclaims that nothing can go wrong if you have a good plan. But what happens when he and Piggie realize they don't have the one
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Ashley Kerns
Apr 28, 2014 Ashley Kerns rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Preschool/primary grades
Recommended to Ashley by: TCH&LRN 307
This book is about an elephant and a pig. They are best friends and decide to go on a road trip, but they realize they need to get prepared. They plan out their trip and think of the important things they need to bring with them. Once they have everything packed and ready they remember that to go on a drive you need a car, which they don’t have. This is by Mo Willems and is a part of his Piggy and Elephant series. The books illustrations go well with the words and the animal’s facial expressions ...more
William
Jun 19, 2016 William rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Such fun!
Morgan
Oct 15, 2012 Morgan rated it it was amazing
This book makes me miss doing storytime! It is right up my alley! I might just have to put together a kit in case I ever have an emergency school visit. Map, sunglasses, umbrella and suitcase. What a fun book!
Shannon Kitchen
Jan 20, 2013 Shannon Kitchen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, animals, humor
I pretty much love every Elephant and Piggie adventure. I love Mo Willems. It's out there.
Madison Godfrey
Apr 30, 2014 Madison Godfrey rated it liked it
Let’s go for a drive is about an elephant and a pig that are best friends. They decide to go on a road trip, but they realize they aren’t prepared. They plan out their trip and think of the important things they need to bring with them. Once they have everything packed and ready they remember that to go on a drive they need a car, which they do not have. This silly little book is a great story about two very different friends that learn interesting lessons when they are trying to go on an advent ...more
Kyra Harwell
Nov 08, 2012 Kyra Harwell rated it it was amazing
Another fun book by Mo Willems. This would be an excellent choice for Reader's Theater.
Maria
Dec 20, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
This book pretty much explains my life this year. You need a plan and a friend!
Mary
Oct 22, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Elephant (Gerald) is really good at overreacting. Just like me.
현순 최
Jul 05, 2014 현순 최 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, friendship
I always like to read a book by Mo Willems. His books have simple, funny stories. especially, Gerald and Piggie book is very interesting. Only two characters appears in this book. Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road. Gerald says to Piggie lots of require about driving. Piggie brings all what Gerald wants to have, but they realize they have no car. Gerald worries a lot, but Piggie deals with wisely. Finally they do play" Pirate". Children can learn true friendship from this book and practice t ...more
Jill
Apr 07, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it
Mo Willems makes everything exciting. My children will re-read anything Elephant and Piggie have to say. I don't mind doing the same right along with them.

This time Elephant and Piggie want to go for a drive (drive, drive, drivey, drive drive!!) but Elephant - ever the practical safety monitor - reminds Piggie they must PREPARE for the drive.

What follows are a series of preparations my daughter and I giggled over every time we read them.

Thinking about re-reading it is almost as good as re-readi
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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
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