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I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems
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Nov 21, 11

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Read in November, 2011

How did Gerald break his trunk? It is a long crazy story involving a hippo, a rhino, hippo’s sister, and a piano. Gerald balances all these heavy things on his trunk, but that’s not how he broke it!

So, I follow the School Library Journal blog Heavy Medal, (which is, I think, the best mock Newbery blog) and they had a pretty strong argument for why this book, which contains maybe 50 words, should be a contender for this year’s Newbery. Seriously! They put it on their short list. It has great characters, a funny plot, and, they say it’s unquestionably the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children ages 2-8. And, of course, it’s really funny and you want to read it over and over again taking turns being Elephant and Piggie.

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