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We are in a Book! (Elephant & 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
Hardcover, 57 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Aug 25, 2012 Philip rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2013 William Galaini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
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
Scarlet Cameo
Jul 01, 2016 Scarlet Cameo rated it really liked it
This book is so freaking funny! If you love "fictional characters" you will love the Elephant and the Pig, are fun, adorable, cute and i love their humor changes! This isn't a master work but, be honest, as a kid you will love it and as an adult too.

And another thing, I will be as excited as they are if was me the one that is in the book :D

Archit Ojha
Oct 19, 2016 Archit Ojha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks

And now I surely know where the minions got their fancy.

This one was the best of the lot. Laughed my guts out!
Jan 20, 2016 Malia rated it it was amazing
What a cute book!
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
Jun 19, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Feb 04, 2014 Gaby rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 08, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 30, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
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Akemi G
Because I love the Pigeon series, I checked out some the Elephant & Piggie books as well. Aimed at a slightly younger audience, the Elephant series is more, er, benign. Occasionally, it comes off a bit preachy ("We are all going to be good, okay?" ^_^ tone), but this one is fun. It works as a smart joke, and reminds me of The Monster at the End of this Book.
Hannah Jane
May 10, 2016 Hannah Jane rated it it was amazing
- I love all of the elephant & piggie books because they have thoughtful lessons that anyone can benefit from, aha moments that have the potential to radically alter your point of view - in this one elephant & piggie know that they are being read and how they interact with the reader is simply marvelous, insightful and clever. - as always their facial expressions are so exact and funny you will see yourself in them.
Laura McLoughlin
Mar 18, 2015 Laura McLoughlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: kathryn
Kathryn laughed out loud so I'd consider it a success!
Dec 15, 2011 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
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! :)
Sep 28, 2015 Brittney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Sep 21, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
So cute!
Mary Beth
Jun 01, 2011 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
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 often have mixed feelings about books that break the fourth wall, but this one is absolutely brilliant. Gerald and Piggie discover that they are characters in a book, and that as such, they can make the reader say things. They laugh themselves into hysterics over making the reader say "Banana" and repeat this joke several times, choking on sobs of laughter as they fall over crying with joy. But then Gerald learns that the book ends, and out comes his flair for the dramatic. "I have more to giv ...more
Mar 08, 2011 Soobee72 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2015 Silvia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, e-book
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
Sep 21, 2015 Laura Sidol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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).
Sep 13, 2015 Meg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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.
Sep 18, 2016 Jasmine rated it really liked it
My 8 year old daughter (3rd grade) wanted me to read this. She loves the Elephant and Piggie books!
I must say this was a really cute book. I can understand why she enjoys them so much.
Amanda Lynch
Sep 12, 2015 Amanda Lynch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nicholas, noah
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.
Dec 30, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Oh my god! I don't normally read children's books (anymore) and review them here, but I found this at work and thought it was absolutely adorable!
Milly Cohen
Apr 05, 2015 Milly Cohen rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 20, 2012 joanna Sondheim rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 15, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
This is the first Elephant & Piggie book we read, and I love it beyond reason.
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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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