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

4.61 of 5 stars 4.61  ·  rating details  ·  7,016 ratings  ·  813 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
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Hardcover, 57 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Philip
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
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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
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midnightfaerie
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
Whatchyareading
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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Connie
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Gaby
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
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Soobee72
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
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Heather
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
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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
Christina
This is the first Elephant & Piggie book we read, and I love it beyond reason.
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
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Jasmine
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
Connor
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
Brenna
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
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Avery Schlosser
Avery Schlosser
9/8/14

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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Laurie
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Molly the Librarian
What would you do if you found out that you were (GASP!) a character in a book? Would you try to make your readers say funny words out loud? Would you worry about what would happen to you once the book ended?

That’s just the dilemma that Gerald and Piggie find themselves in in Mo Willems’s ingenious We Are in a Book! Part of the Elephant and Piggie series, We Are in a Book! is hilarious and meta and colorful and silly. Better still—it’s filled with nice big sight words that early readers will be
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Josiah
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
Lindsey
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
Craig
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
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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
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Charlotte
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! :)
Wendy Nelson
We are in a Book!

Willems, M. (2010). We are in a book! New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Kirkus Starred Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re...
ALA Notable Children's Book
Geisel Award Honor Book, 2011

Category: Choice

"Someone is looking at us!" declare Elephant and Piggie, Mo Willem's popular children's book characters. With that, the metafiction is off and running as the characters realize that not only are they in a book that is being read by a reader, they can control what the read
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Cheryl
Yup. Another winner - gimme Mo! ;) So little complexity in the drawings, so few words - and so much wit & joy! I hope he doesn't close the series anytime soon, but when he does I want the box set. Reminded a bit of another story we loved, The Monster at the End of this Book.
Juliedrake05
Willems, M. (2010). We are in a book! New York, N.Y.: Hyperion.

Starred Kirkus Review(2010)

Choice

We are in a Book is a great story from the Elephant and Piggy series by author Mo Williams. The story starts when Gerald realizes that “someone is looking at us”. This lead to Gerald and Piggy to come to the conclusion that they are being read by a reader. To their delight this means that they are now in a book. The illustrations of Piggy and Gerald are set against a white background, which helps appe
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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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