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

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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Ah, there's just no more relaxing read than an Elephant and Piggie story! Mo Willems rolls out these little books like it's second nature to him, zany dialogue flowing from his pen as if it were the easiest thing in the world to create, but the triangle dynamic between Elephant, Piggie and the reader is far more intricate and ultimately rewarding than is obvious from the carefree nature of the stories. You want a book for early readers that is capable of breaking the fourth wall in new and crea...more
We are in a book is a story about an elephant and a pig who are best friends. The elephant and the pig realize someone is watching them, and they soon discover they are in a book. The entire book is just a conversation going back and forth between the elephant and the pig. The elephant and the pig find out a reader is reading the book through the word bubbles, and the elephant and the pig are extremely fascinated. They find it hilarious that they can make the reader say any word they want throug...more
Ying Lee
Gerald and Piggie are being watched.But who is looking at them? It's us, readers! While both of them enjoy being read, Piggie tries to have readers to say the word, "Banana." Hee! Hee! Hee! Ha! Ha! Ha! Both Gerald and Piggie have so much fun playing with readers. However, it is not until Piggie invites Gerald to try to interact with readers do Gerald begin to realize that the book is about to end. Gerald is very sad, but both of them come up with a plan and say, "Hello. Will you please read us a...more
Another great Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willem. Like in his other books, he uses repetition as well as color-coded dialogue boxes to promote comprehension for beginning readers. He always uses humor to the point that the main characters laugh so hard in the middle of the book that they actually start crying.

Obviously, with a title like We Are in a Book!, the meta-reading aspects are prevalent throughout. At one point, Piggie explains to Gerald the Elephant that the "Reader" can see them a...more
Tonia Holloway
This is one of the few books that actually talk about what a book is and how it works. Since my class is constantly focused on developing literacy skills I would keep this book in the class for the children to access and I would read once we start working on reading together and reading independently. While reading the story I would periodically stop and ask the kids questions such as, "where are the words on this page? Which direction do we read in?"
Zele Butt
‘We Are In a Book!’ is a brilliant story about characters that consciously know that they are being read. Children love reading this book because the characters, Piggie and Gerald, make the reader say silly things. The book is extremely fun to read and has a unique way of bringing readers back to it a second, third or fourth time.
This book was used for World Book Week during my second placement with Year 1’s. The children role played as Piggie and Gerald and re-enacted the scenes from to book t...more
The kids loved this one. It's cute. It is rare to find a book that is written at a level they can read on their own which doesn't strike them as boring and childish. This book reminded me a lot of one I read as a kid, a Sesame Street book in which Grover thought there was a monster at the end of the book. The link is that the characters in the book directly address or acknowledge the reader. It is a gimmick that never gets old! :)
Corbin Billington
This book is very funny and likeable. I gave this book four of five stars. It tells of two friends that are a pig and an elephant who realize they are in a book. Soon after they realize they are being read and want the reader to read them again. I would recommend this book to mainly young readers but people who are more well-rounded can also have a good laugh.
Daniele Merrick
We Are in a Book is part of a serious about the elephant and the pig. These two characters realize that they are being written inside of a book and that they can control what happens to the story, because they are the main characters. The fun part about this that we get to watch and read about these two characters creating their own story. We get to see how excited they are about it and they are quite funny! I really loved how the illustrations showed just the two characters on blank white pages...more
Kathryn Edmunds
Summary: This story is about Piggie the pig and Gerald the elephant who are best friends. As the readers read this story, the characters realize they are being read. This story is sure to amuse all ages

Genre: Controlled Vocabulary Picture book

Curriculum Connection: This is a great story to read aloud to the class. Afterwards, you could have students come up with their own stories using story bubbles.

My opinion: This was my favorite story I have read so far! It had me cracking up when Piggie had...more
Teddie Trombley
The author of this book is Mo Willems and he is very famous for the elephant and piggy books and I think is absolutely hilarious. When I read this book I thought it was so funny and I think whoever reads this book will think it is funny too. This book first starts out with Gerald the elephant and piggy the pig and they are both confused by where they are. They then realize that they are inside a book and that the talking bubbles that all the words are inside someone is reading them. They get so...more
Ashley Kerns
Apr 28, 2014 Ashley Kerns rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Younger Children
Recommended to Ashley by: Ying
This book is another book that is by Mo Willems and is in the Piggy and Elephant series. This book is supposed to be a funny book. Personally this book is not that interesting to me. It made me laugh a little bit, but after a while it did become boring and very repetitive. I think young children would laugh a lot about it and think it is a good book. This book would be good for preschoolers or elementary aged students. Basically the book is about Elephant and Piggy. They realize they’re in a boo...more
Erwin Magbanua
All of the Gerald and Piggie books are win, but this is the best of them all. Totally unique, with a neat circular narrative that forces you to read it again to really savor the fun and cleverness Willems lovingly put into it. Its great wit is recognizable to 5 year olds as it is to 105 year olds.
Jamie Singer

This is a funny book, in my opinion it is very creative, because it actually seems like the characters are real by the way they portray it. Gerald and Piggie are the characters in this book, who believe they are being watched by the people reading the book. they figure out how to bring the readers into the book by making them say words that they want like banana. Piggie and Gerald act like they are famous in the book, and try whatever they what because they are in a book. Gerald starts to realiz...more
Brittan Haynes
(Teacher) On the count of three, everyone say Banana! One, two, three, (Banana). I wanted you to say banana because in this book, We are in a Book, Gerald the elephant and Piggie find out that they are inside our book and then they try to play a little game with us. This book is silly because there is an elephant and pig stuck inside our book (show children inside cover of animals inside book) If you were stuck inside of a book, what would you make your readers do? (Children respond) We...more
Mo Willems is one of the best writers and illustrators of children's books. This is a modern day The Monster at the End of This Book. It's more of an easy reader than a picture book, but I'm not making an easy reader shelf because I rarely read them.
Dec 14, 2010 JSou rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to JSou by: Montambeau
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I read it about ten times last night and didn't even get tired of it. My 7 year old son, who doesn't get humor and joking a lot of times, laughed throughout the entire thing. It was awesome. One of my favorite children's books, ever.
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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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