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We are in a Book! (Elephant & Piggie #13)

4.59 of 5 stars 4.59  ·  rating details  ·  8,435 ratings  ·  923 reviews
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Using vocabulary perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a mind-bending story that is even more i
Hardcover, 57 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Eleanor: Dad I want to give it five stars.

Dad: So you understand how this whole, "reviewing thing" works now, huh?

Gwennie (Pointing to the cover): This is a pig, and this is an elephant. Do you want eat this - putting a toy plate against my mouth.

Eleanor: Tell me my favorite part.

Dad: I don't know what your favorite part is. It's your favorite part...

Eleanor: Say, 'what's your favorite part.'

Dad: Ok guys, what's your favorite part?

Eleanor: My favorite part is when they said, "Banana!" (muttering
William Galaini
Alright ... this is going to get awfully heavy for a children's book.

Taken as a children's book 'We are in a Book' is successful on all counts. The vocabulary is repeated without tedium while still managing to be expressed in context. The artwork is charming, the characters pleasantly quirky without being overt, and all in all the word bubble dynamic make it easy for a child to identify tone and conflict.

So, mechanically, this is a very well written children's book.

Now to the overall plot ... Ge
Although my 2 yr old twins weren't old enough to appreciate the story, they still enjoyed the pictures. And my 5 yr old absolutely loved the story. We read a lot, but this was the first time we read a story with the characters talking to us. It was a novel idea for him and his eyes shown with the excitement of it. The pig and elephant were adorable, and I was struck by how many books Mo Willems actually has out! There are so many! When the pig asked us if we'd read the book again, we all answere ...more
This review is for all the Elephant and Piggie books.

You know how, when you’re an adult, you stop reading picture books? Unless you have kids…but that’s different. You aren’t reading them for you. Well, I have a friend who’s never had this happen to her. She still loves to read picture books. And she has instilled in me the same love.

So, when I say I love the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, I don’t mean, I remember loving them. I mean, I just discovered them a few months ago and I think
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this book is so cute!!! i recommend this book to everyone! lol even if you're like 30 you should read it because its honestly so cute and i loved it. and trust me i don't say that to a lot of books.
Laura McLoughlin
Kathryn laughed out loud so I'd consider it a success!
Elephant and Piggie are great. The illustrations in their books are simple, but effective in conveying body language for younger readers. A lot can be read into the illustrations.

I like this books because it helps to teach about some of the concepts of print. It introduces page numbers and speech bubbles. I also like the way they encourage readers to re-read the story.

Such a positive message bout reading... I love it!
Instant classic! This book is funny and engaging! The illustrations and text bubbles (including text size/font choice) are brought to life as the characters, Elephant and Piggie, discover that they are in a book. Initially the characters notice that "someone," looking at them. That "someone," is me, the reader! From here, Elephant and Piggie are struck with curiosity as they begin to wonder if they can get the reader to say a word on their command. This concept of storytelling is brilliant becau ...more
Mary Beth
Well, most parents of young kids are already well award of the magic that Mo Willems creates with his books. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale is a classic, and Willems' early reader series Elephant & Piggie is such a great joy to read for parent and kid alike. I happily recommend any in the series, but decided to single We Are in a Book! for a review because it epitomizes everything I love about these books. Elephant and Piggie are just relaxing in the early pages when Gerald, the Elephant, ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I can think of no greater tribute to the joy of reading than a book that invites the reader to step inside of it and interact one-on-one with the characters. As Willems has done previously in the Pigeon books, he creates a wonderful read-aloud experience for kids reading to the adults in their lives, as well as for adults, like me, who read to kids on a regular basis.

This is my absolute favorite Elephant & Piggie book, and it will be really hard for any others in the future to live up to it
I love this book. I started my niece's library of Elephant and Piggie books and my sister took it from there. I think they are only missing one at this point. When my nephew was just a few months old, my niece could make him chortle when my sister read them Elephants Cannot Dance by saying "backwards?" in her little voice.

Fast forward several months, and at 16 months old, this is my nephew's absolute favorite book. He will go to the shelf, find it and pull it out. If no one can read it to him r
Han visto esta imagen por ahí? :)


Hace tiempo que me venía encontrando con imágenes de este libro en Tumblr y la curiosidad me ganó.
Encontré este video en YouTube y no pude parar de reír. Los narradores le añaden un poquito más a la historia haciendo que sea graciocísima.

Es un libro entretenido, que si bien es para niños cualquier persona puede apreciar.


I will just give a generic review of this series.....We love them. They are so dang funny. It amazes me that with just a few pen strokes Willems can convey so many different emotions. The illustrations are hilarious and the story line is always entertaining. They are great books for reading out loud in dramatic ways. They're also great for kids wanting something to read on their own, or with a parent. Sometimes I'll read the Pig part (because I'm a girl) and my boys will read the Elephant part ( ...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
We are in a book! / Mo Willems. / 2010.

Genre: Fiction: Humor.

Format: Easy Reader - print.

Plot summary:
"When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
friendship, reading, humor, understanding book structure

Review citation:
"As always, Willems displays his customary control of both body language and pacing even as he challenges his re
Laura Sidol
Mo Willems' books are always a huge hit for young readers and this book is no exception! Students will be totally engaged by the humor found throughout the book. The story can be used to teach speech bubbles, punctuation, expression, or parts of a book (especially page numbers).
I don't know why but this book is frickin hilarious. I sat there giggling in the library as I leafed through it. All the Elephant and Piggie books are great, and this one has an extra meta (and metaphysical) element which just pushes it over the edge into TRULY AWESOME.
Amanda Lynch
I love this book. It's absolutely adorable. We've read it many times to the soundtrack of giggles from my boys, and I cannot say the word "banana" without laughing now.
Milly Cohen
Pocas veces un cuento infantil me ha hecho reír de esta manera. Un tesoro!!
¿por qué no se me ocurren a mi ideas como éstas?
joanna Sondheim
Mo Willems can do no wrong in my eyes, and this addition to the Elephant and Piggie series is no exception. Like most of his books, his illustrations are bright, graphic, and simple, but convey so much through expression. Gerald's nervousness and Piggie's glee play off each other perfectly, and in this meta-tale, where they discover that they are indeed, "in a book", will have early readers as well as the adults reading the books aloud, laughing hysterically. The text is clearly written, and wit ...more
This is the first Elephant & Piggie book we read, and I love it beyond reason.
Jim Westen
Storytime B
Catherine Chang
This book is about a pig and an elephant, Piggie and Gerald, who are so surprised that they are in a book and being read by the readers! They thought it was so funny that the readers read what in the word bubbles. They enjoy being read so much that they don't want the book to end. Finally, they thought of a good idea! This book is an amazing book for teaching children how to read a book. It does a fabulous job illustrating the components of a book and the expectation for the readers creatively, ...more
Michelle McBeth
SUMMARY: Piggie the pig and Gerald the elephant have just realized they are in a book and that a reader is staring at them. The reader is reading their word bubbles. Piggie gets the idea to make the reader say a word aloud by putting it in his word bubble. Gerald thinks this is hilarious. The pair realize that the book is coming to an end and that their fun will be ending so they beg the reader to please read the book again.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are extremely simple pictures of Piggie
Meaghan Grady
We are in a Book! By: Mo Willems 2010
Meaghan G., Spring 2015
Pages: 57
**Award Winner- Gryphon**

We are in a Book is a very fun-filled book that had me laughing throughout the entire read! I think the overall message/ theme is that Gerald and Piggie are learning and exploring the world of reading and what its like to be read. I thought the author did a stellar job of giving young readers an understanding of how Piggie and Gerald felt about being read and as well as the illustrations showing their e
We are in a Book is absolutely adorable. This book is truly timeless and is so precious. This book made me giggle so much because of how simplistic it is. Although the book can have the tendency to become repetitive I thought that for a younger child who is getting the hang of reading comprehension and strategies to identify patterns, this book would be a great beginning point for them to start off with. In the classroom I would have this book out for independent reading time where the students ...more
We are in a Book! by Mo Willems is an Elephant & Piggie book that follows Piggie and Gerald (the elephant) as they discover that they are in a book. And who is looking at them in the book? Well the reader of course! I believe that the overall theme of this book is drawing the reader in and having the reader connect to the characters. This book won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor and it is clear why, the illustrations not only attract the reader to the faces and emotions of the characters, but ...more
I remember the first time I actually got around to reading We Are in a Book: it was about a week after it had come out, at the time I was working in a bookstore and ended up shelving 15 copies with several more housed in the back of the store for when we ran out of those. I’d stopped what I was doing and decided that if this book was that popular then I should probably read it – and I’m so glad I did.

In this installment of the Elephant and Piggie books the dynamic due have a moment of meta-reali
Avery Schlosser
Avery Schlosser

We Are In A Book
In the book titled, We Are In A Book, the author Mo Willems makes it seem like the characters in the book are having a conversation with the reader. There are two characters in the book, Piggy the pig and Gerald the elephant who not only have conversations with each other during the book, but also with the reader. The way Willems wrote the book makes it fun for little kids to read because they feel like the animals are actually talking to them. One thing that
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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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