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Waiting is Not Easy!

(Elephant & Piggie #22)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  4,578 ratings  ·  609 reviews
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published October 21st 2014)
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Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but will not tell him what it is and also tells him he will have to wait for it. Is the surprise worth waiting for? Is it something really special? Can Gerald wait the entire time without groaning...

Well, obviously the answer is "no" to that last one at least.

The Elephant and Piggie books are not complex stories in terms of either story or art. They are simple tales that young children can relate to, using simple words and art that keep them interested, but do
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every time a new Elephant and Piggie book comes out, I think, He can't possibly top the last one! And then Mo Willems just easily tops the last one.

This book is my new favorite. I mean, I love We Are In A Book. It's so meta, kids can barely appreciate it. But this one has a sweetness that honestly made me tear up a little. So charming! Love Gerald and Piggie, and hope to see them in many more adventures. Definitely one of my top picture books for this year.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gerald the Elephant is eager to learn when Piggie announces that there is a surprise on the way. However, once Gerald learns that the surprise is not yet ready, he is forced to accept having to wait. What begins as a slight irritation soon sours him into an emotional mess and Piggie is forced to watch her friend unravel. As time passes and the day turns to night, Gerald is unsure he will be able to cope, but waiting might be the one thing he needs to enjoy this ultimate surprise. Neo did well re ...more
Sophia Triad
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Piggie teaches Gerald how to be patient. Gerald is in his usual emotional mess.
The surprise in the end is worth the waiting.
Brent Weeks
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Really more like 4.5 stars. Granted, it’s a book about patience. So one shouldn’t be surprised that it’s a little slow. And the payoff is good. We’ve certainly used the lessons in this book with our daughter.

I don’t find Elephant and Piggy to be quite as charming as many of Mo Willems’s other characters. There’s just not as much joy in picking up this book as I expect from a Mo Willems title.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Waiting can be fun sometimes, though not easy. The fruit is great. With this insightful message, Mo Willems fabricates a sweet and cute story!
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worth-a-reread
I *love* the Elephant and Piggie books, and so does my toddler! The topics are ones that kids can relate to, and this volume is no exception. In fact, my son's birthday is coming up soon, and he's been going insane waiting to find out what his gift is. He keeps asking leading questions, trying to figure it out, and even asked the other day, "Can you show me a little piece?" (That's three-year-old for "Maybe I can sneakily get you to answer my question!") He hates waiting for anything; suspense i ...more
Sabrina Bay
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These books are amazing for kids! Really interactive!
Niki (Daydream Reader)
My new favorite Piggie and Elephant! Worth the wait! I can't wait to share it with my 2nd graders. ...more
Annalise Nakoneczny
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Adorable beyond reason
Piggie quite innocently proceeds to drive Elephant nearly insane by telling him she has a surprise for him but he'd have to wait for it. How Elephant handles or rather, doesn't handle, the whole waiting business is really funny, sure to be appreciated by kids who have experienced the pain of having to wait for anything! The drawings are really great in this book. After several disappointing books, particularly among the Pigeon series, I think Mo Willems may have found his humor again as well as ...more
Debbie Jo
The latest Elephant & Piggie book is dedicated to Trixie. "For Trixie. I can't wait to see what you'll do next." When reading aloud I always share the dedication page & sometimes we have no idea who the person is or what the story is behind the dedication. With Mo Willems & Trixie we can go back to Trixie and Knuffle Bunny.

The idea of having to wait is not easy for anyone really - so I think we can all identify with Greald's growing frustration. But in the end, all good things are worth the wai
Lisa Nagel
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful addition to the Pig and Elephant books that I can never keep on the shelves in the library. Brilliantly timed book about waiting and the magic of the night...perfect to use around the holiday season and for winter sky watching.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yep, Inigo Montoya and I both agree with Gerald on this; waiting is NOT easy. Love how the concept is explained here.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate saved her money and bought this book.
Maddie Shirley
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an easy-to-read book about Gerald the elephant and Piggie the pig. Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he has to wait all day. Gerald is very impatient but the surprise is worth it.
This is an easy-to-read book because it uses basic words and short sentences. There are very few words per page.
The illustrator uses speech bubbles to distinguish the text from the illustrations. As Gerald grows increasingly more impatient, he groans in frustration. The illustrator makes the speech bubbles
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even adults have this problem. Sometimes exciting moments are hard to wait for, but in this case waiting all day is worth the wait. Mo Willems is the bomb, I love his work! This is the perfect book for adults to read to children and plan a day for themselves to wait for the surprise at the end of this book.
This book has a very important message for kids to learn: patience. It can be really hard to wait for things sometimes, but often the wait is worth it in the end. Kids can be some of the most impatient creatures on earth, so I think they will deeply understand poor Gerald's plight and gain some beneficial insight from it. ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't believe this is the first Mo Willems book I've read!

This is a fantastic book that teaches kids about waiting. It's not easy, but it's worth it. I loved the speech bubbles, especially when Elephant was groaning.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, the ending plastered a smile to my face. It gave rise to one of those long heart-felt sighs. This one is definitely worth the wait for little people as well as big people. We could all use a little patience.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book like a year ago for a friend’s baby & it’s been sitting in my room since. Finally read it. It’s cute!
Jody Ruff
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Waiting Is Not Easy is a Caldecott Award Winner. This book has two characters, that teach each other how to be patient with waiting for a surprise at the end of the day. The book is a good book for easy readers and it teaches a lesson on how to be patient.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
We love Mo Willems. A delight every time and especially in this case reading with my intensely expressive 7yo about the difficulties of waiting. Always a joy.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The end gets me every time.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great Elephant & Piggie book on waiting...this is definitely a concept all children will be able to relate to.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book would be great for reader’s theatre during a social skills lesson.
Suzie Gordon
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: week-7
Text-to-Self Connection

Elephant and Piggy books are a big bedtime favorite in our house. Now that my youngest is starting to read sometimes we will take turns and act out the book, where one person reads elephant’s lines and the other reads piggy’s lines. The other night I was reading this book and my oldest decided to come invade bedtime story time with her sister. She decided to read with me, and it ended up with us both yelling the lines in the book and all of us laughing. This book I can rea
Waiting really isn't easy, but this is overly redundant...and just can't get beyond the dully-colored illustrations. ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
This might be my favorite Mo Willems book to read aloud!
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun book to read to the littles.
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