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A Big Guy Took My Ball! (Elephant & Piggie #19)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  1,988 ratings  ·  281 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 A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?
Hardcover, 58 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 1st 2013)
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Once again, we love, love, love Mo Willems! This was a great one that held the attention of all my children, both the 5 yr old and my 3 yr old twins. Not enough words to merit a level one reader book but a wonderful story that's a fun read for both children and adults alike. Two thumbs up!
I've enjoyed every Elephant and Piggie book Mo Willem has published. True, sometimes it's merely strong liking and not absolute LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. But the series as a whole are practically perfect in my estimation! Mo Willems does everything exactly right time and time again.

This adventure starts with Piggie telling Gerald a story. She found a ball, a big ball. It was the best ball ever. She was having so much fun until a "big guy" came and took "her" ball. It was AWFUL. Piggie is outraged. Gera
Mo Willems has always had a knack for complex expressions in cartoonish characters, but A Big Guy Took My Ball elevates this skill beyond anything we've seen from him before: Piggie's crushed, thousand-mile stare at the loss of her big ball (it was, after all, "SO FUN"), Gerald's righteous fury and eventual cowed reaction to the Big Guy in question, and the Big Guy's own wordless, slumping disappointment from his introduction are all marvelous.

Elephant and Piggie stories are always fantastic for
I read each new Elephant and Piggie book with a bit of trepidation: after all, how can Willems keep writing such wonderful stuff? Surely he's going to plateau here, right?

But no, he keeps on producing terrific new titles with these lovable characters. I love the simplicity of his art--like the pink cheeks on Gerald when he sees the "big guy" for the first time. I love the pacing in this book. I love the friendship dynamics between Elephant and Piggie and all their cronies. Willems just gets the
Jun 06, 2015 Kara added it
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School Library Journal
( July 01, 2013; 9781423174912 )

PreS-Gr 1-Once again Willems observes truths about human behavior through the eyes of Gerald, an elephant, and Piggie. The premise this time is that Piggie's recently acquired ball has been snatched by some unknown creature, one so big that Piggie begs Gerald to intervene. But Gerald's perceived power and genuine desire to help his smaller friend cannot provide him with sufficient courage once he sees t
1. Have you ever had someone take something that belonged to you? How did it make you feel? In this book "A big guy took my ball"
someone took piggies ball and he ask's Gerald to help him. We have been learning that the author writes the words and the illustrator draws the pictures. This is one of those special books where the author and illustrator is the same person! Does anyone remember reading "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" or "Don't let the Pigeon Stay Up Late"? The author an illustra
A whale of a tale!
What can I say? I love them more and more with each book. Best illustration: Piggie's broken heart. Favorite part: hard to pick. I have a few. I read it aloud to my roommate, because all E&P books must be read aloud. :-) One day I will be able to memorize some of these books and then enact them with my E&P toys. However, as cute as the toys are, I don't think they'll ever be as cute as the illustrations. Nor could I be as brilliant as the illustrations.

Great lesson at the end, too.

Shanna Hurd
Kids love Elephant and Piggie, and it is easy to understand why. In this latest book in the series, Piggie is upset because a "big guy" took the ball she had found. Gerald, a pretty big guy himself (being an elephant), offers to get her ball back. However, the "big guy" is even bigger than Gerald. Of course, appearances aren't what they first seemed, and a solution is found that makes everyone happy.

This book is great for children. With just a few words per page, beginning readers can feel conf
Brady Stevens
Dec 09, 2014 Brady Stevens added it
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This is a great book that young kids starting in preschool to elementary school can relate with. This is a funny story of a playground mixup that the readers can easily relate themselves with. It is a clever book that teaches misunderstandings and conflicts.
Willems, M. (2013). A big guy took my ball! New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
Beginning readers will enjoy being able to read this title on their own since many of the words are repeated but in an engaging way. Piggie approaches her friend Gerald with the news about how much fun it was to play with a big ball she found. But her fun ended too soon when some big guy took it away from her. It's Gerald to the rescue, all steamed up about looking out for his smaller friend--until he sees how big the other guy is. It turns out the ball belongs to a whale that is just looking fo ...more
Laura McLoughlin
One of my new favorite Elephant and Piggie books.
Jessica Schuerman
(ALA Children's Book)
I just love reading these books, everyone just makes me smile. This book starts out with the pig running to the elephant to tell him someone stole his ball. The pig describes the animal as big, really big, like huge. The elephant believes he is big enough to stand up to the other animal and get the ball back. That all changes when he sees how big the animal is. The elephant then feels embarrassed when going back to the pig without the ball. Then all a sudden the wale came up
Spencer Klein
A Big Guy Took my Ball! by Mo Willems is a fun story picture book about a elephant and a pig who try to get the pigs ball back. When the elephant tries, he finds out the person who took it is a giant whale! The whale thanks the elephant and the pig for finding his ball for him, which they thought was someone else's. They then play together and create a new game. I enjoyed this book for its simplicity which is sometimes more fitting in childrens literature, as they should not be overloaded with a ...more
Laura Brenneisen
Title: A Big Guy Took My Ball! By: Mo Willems Copyright: 2013 Number of Pages: 58 Lit Require: ALA Notable Children's Books 2014

This book is about the two friends: the pig and elephant, and the pig gets her ball take from a tall guy and is very upset about it and goes to tell the elephant who agrees how it is wrong. The elephant says how its not fair the little guy always gets picked on by the bigger guy, so the elephant goes to get the ball from what turns out to be, A BIG WHALE! Elephant goes
Genre: Picture Book / Fiction

This book is a great children’s picture book. It is very sweet and funny and it also does a great job and telling children that assuming things about people can be really hurtful and should never be done. The main characters assumptions lead to the misunderstanding of another character, but it can all be cleared up with a little conversation and a fun game that they can all partake in. This book can be used to demonstrate how assumptions of others can lead to misund
Gerron Butchcoe
The story of “A Big Guy Took My Ball” is about Piggie who finds a ball at the playground, only to have someone bigger take it away. Piggie begs her friend Gerard the elephant to get the ball back for her. Gerard goes to get it back only to find out it is a massive whale way bigger than him. He runs back in fear to Piggie telling her that he chickened out. The giant whale walks up to them and thanks them for finding his ball and the story ends with them all playing together.
This book would be an
Brooke Snyder
Summary: The little pig was playing we a ball that he found, and when someone took it he ran to Gerald the Elephant so he could get it back for him. Little pig told Gerald the elephant that a “big” guy took his ball. Gerald went to get it back but didn’t realize “how” big this guy really was—he was a whale! The little ball was really his. The three characters share the ball and play together.

Personal Response/Critical Response: This book is so cute. Children will love it. This book promotes shar
Amber Bush
Willems, Mo. (2013). A Big Guy Took My Ball! Disney-Hyperion.

Picture Book Project

Choice/ Geisel Honor Award/

This book follows Elephant and PIggie through their adventures circling around a big ball. At first Piggie finds an amazing ball, but then some big guy takes it from her. Gerald decides to find the ball and get it back from the big guy, but realizes that he is much bigger than him. After finding out that the ball was the big guys in the first place, they are surprised to find out he wasn’
Taylor Shanda
"A big guy took my ball was the first Mo Willem's book that I've read and I'd have to say I was impressed. The book makes great use of short words and phrases that will suit the appropriate readers well. What makes the book so outstanding as well is the use of Illustrations. Willem's makes sure to include bold images with no background in order to emphasize the importance of the characters actions on each and every page. Not only do the Illustrations flow well, but the placement of words and the ...more
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Apr 29, 2015 Kelsey added it
Shelves: picture, 307
This story has a very simple story line- a ball was stolen and he wants it back. What is great about this book is that the size of the words reflect what the word is. An example of this is when they say the word big which is written very large, and small which is written very tiny. This helps young readers make the connection between how a word is spelled and what the meaning of the word is. The overall theme of friendship comes in all sizes is easy for children to understand, and the personific ...more
Sarah Wilbern
Willems, Mo. (2013). A Big Guy Took My Ball! New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Geisel Award. Williamsburg Library.

Choice Book.

The characters are cartoony, and fun. There is a lot of white space in the book but it doesn't affect the story. The words change size depending on what is being said: yelling, angry, and sad. The story has good pace and doesn't hinder the story. I would use this book for Pre-k - third grade. The students learn that it is ok to look different, and it would be ok to p
The book that I chose to do my picture book analysis was A Big Guy Took My Ball! The author is Mo Willems who as well did the illustrations for the book. The book is vertical and the cover page is colorful with two of the main characters, Gerald who is an elephant and Piggie who is a little pig. The cover of the book leads to expectations that someone took the ball, my thought was that the elephant had taken the little pigs ball, which once read you will find is not true.
In A Big Guy Took my B
Jessica Gilligan
Willems, Bo. (2013). A Big Guy Took My Ball. Hyperion Books for Children: New York.

Picture Book: I Can Read

This story was really cute and fun to read even as an adult. I think kids would enjoy it as well. The story starts out with a little pig who goes crying to his/her friend, an elephant, about a "big" guy who stole his/her ball. The elephant decides that it's not fair that "big" guys get to steal things from "little" guys and tries to get the pig's ball back, only to realize the "big" guy wh
Mexy Gonzales
The book entitled “A Big Guy Took My Ball” is about a little pig and an elephant who are searching for the little pigs ball. The little pig asks his friend elephant to get his ball from a big guy that took it, so elephant does. When he sees that a whale took it and how much bigger the whale is the elephant comes back and tells the little pig he didn’t realize how big he is. Then the whale shows up and says that he has no one to play with so the little pig and elephant and whale play with him and ...more
Samantha Zimmerman
A Big Guy Took My Ball tells the story of Piggie the pig who loses his ball, and goes to his friend Gerald the elephant to tell him about the big guy that stole his ball. Gerald decides to go find this big guy to get Piggie’s ball back, because this big guy can’t really be “that” big. Gerald comes running back realizing the big guy is actually really big because he is a whale! In the end the Whale comes over to thank Piggie for bringing back his small ball and they all decided to play together! ...more
Mary Beth
a. This book is about the pig and elephant that are friends, and a whale takes the pig's ball. The elephant goes to get the ball back for his pig friend, but he is too scared of the large whale. The whale gets sad because no one wants to play with him since he is so good. Eventually, the three become friends and they all play ball together.
b. The themes in this book are friendship and acceptance. Even though the whale, pig, and elephant are different from one another, they can all still be frie
In A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems, Piggie is sad when a Big Guy takes her ball. Gerald sets off to get the ball back because he is big too. Then he realizes just how big that Big Guy is, because it turns out that the Big Guy is a Whale. The Whale walks over to thank them for finding his ball and Piggie is surprised to find out that it was his ball all along. The Whale explains that because he is so big, no one plays with him and Piggie and Gerald come up with a game to help the Whale feel ...more
Paul Farbman
Jan 30, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PreK-1st grade
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
I feel that this is a very good picture book. It is a 2014 Geisel Honor Book and an Elephant and Piggie Book.

The story begins when Piggie finds a a "big ball" and believes that a big guy stole it from him. When Piggie tells his friend Gerald about it, Gerald decides to confront the big guy. Unfortunately, this big guy is a whale, and Gerald is afraid to confront him. Finally, Piggie and Gerald find out that the whale is just misunderstood. The"little ball" was his to begin with, and he has no on
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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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