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Are You Ready to Play Outside?

(Elephant & Piggie #7)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  4,979 ratings  ·  427 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 Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

Hardcover, 57 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published October 14th 2008)
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Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elephant and Piggie strike again in this wonderful tale that Neo thoroughly enjoyed reading alongside me. With the sun shining, Gerald and Piggie venture outside to play. However, soon the sun disappears and the rain comes down, first a trickle but soon a downpour. Soaked and less than impressed, Piggie announces that she’s no longer keen on playing outside. Gerald comes to the rescue as they bemoan Mother Nature’s intervention of their play time. It is only after watching others enjoy the rain ...more
Sophia Triad
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Elephant and Piggie want to play outside, but it starts raining.
Thankfully they will soon realise that rain can be fun, too.

Nice story that proves that the two friends can find enjoyment every time.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So lovely. My 4-year-old girl loooooooooves Piggie&Gerald books. I also cannot help laughing and smiling while I read these books to her.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another wonderful Willems book that kept both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds fascinated. Not enough words to be even a reading level 1 book, Willems still has a way about him to bring the reader into his wonderful world. These books are ones my whole family loves. And a fellow friend on GR recently told me that the pigeon was hidden in each book and we now love to look for him too! But we couldn't find him in this one! :( If anyone knows where it is or if it's not there, let me know! Fun for all ...more
Laura McLoughlin
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Kathryn didn't like this one as much as some of the others.
Adorable easy to read book about two friends-Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig and their planned day of fun. Simple language and color coded text boxes help distinguish the two and their wants and needs..Piggie is a hyper little guy who wants to go outside with his friend and run, skip and jump but all his big dreams are thwarted by a smattering of rain. Oh Piggie does not like rain, he yells and pouts and almost gives up his hopes for a day of fun, negatively wondering if anyone could enjo ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The combination of illustrations and text make these books so funny - without the pictures you would miss half the greatness of these stories.
Piggie and Gerald (the elephant) and going to play outside! Nothing can stop them. Except when it starts raining. And Piggie HATES the rain. He's miserable. Until he learns to love it. Then he's cranky when the sun comes out again. But Gerald has a solution for that too!
A lovely story for newly independent readers about friendship, feelings, and problem s
Sadia Mansoor
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Aww.. haha. That little piggie is so damn adorable & his excitement is priceless! He even looks cute with his miserable face ^_^

This series is beginning to become my fav & so is the character of Piggie :)
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
So cute and funny! I am really enjoying these books, which my 5-year-old is reading to me. They all give little ones a positive message about not sweating the small stuff, and to look at the opportunity and fun that exists in everything regardless of the seemingly gloomy predicament.
Larissa Langsather
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindergarten
I love rain, too!
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrensbooks
I love Elephant and Piggie. In this story, Gerald and Piggie's plans to play outside are ruined by rain.
elyia Lamb
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Amidst the slew of awards announced last week, I was thrilled to see Mo Willems' Are You Ready to Play Outside? named the Geisel Award winner (given for the most distinguished book for early readers.) One of a series of books featuring Elephant and Piggie, these books are TRUE beginning readers. And they are TRULY distinguished.

Every element of the books works to facilitate understanding by a new reader: the pictures, the text, the font size, the font color. The simplicity of Willems' drawings i
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
2009 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
I confess, Mo Willem's Pigeon is one of my favorite characters in children's literature, second only to Dr. Seuss' Horton. And yet, this is my first acquaintance with Elephant & Piggie.
The Theodore Seuss Geisel award criteria, like other ALA awards, expect the winner to be 'distinguished,' which is further defined as a 'significant achievement,' 'excellent in quality. displaying 'conspicuous eminence,' and 'individually distinct.' It is ironic that so many
Scott Middleton
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-grade-2016
First, Gerald shouted, "Piggie!"

"Gerald!" yelled Piggie. Then, they ran until they were close together.

Next, Gerald cried, "Are you ready to play outside?"

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" Piggie exclaimed.

I like this book because it's a funny book and has funny characters that say funny things. And Piggie and Gerald books sometimes make me laugh! Ha, ha, ha!

Do you like Piggie and Gerald books? I do!If you like reading Piggie and Gerald books, then read them all!

The problem is that one raindrop has dropped on
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Are you ready to play outside? / Mo Willems. / 2008.

Genre: Fiction: Humor.

Format: Easy Reader - print.

Plot summary:
"Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do" (MCPL).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
friendship, rainy days, humor

Review citation:
"Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words them
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the new Elephant and Piggie easy reader on our department's cart of new books, I think I actually squealed. The new entry will not disappoint fans of the series. In this outing, Piggie and Gerald are all pumped up to start playing outside, but a rainstorm appears to threaten their fun. Once again Willems somehow crams so much expression onto his character's very simple faces with Piggie carrying much of the dialogue this time. While there aren't as many laugh out loud moments in this ...more
Laura Mincey
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous, friendship
I love the Elephant and Piggie series! Willems does a fabulous job telling humorous stories about the unlikely friendship between an elephant and a pig who do silly things, and most often get a little confused :) In this book, Elephant and Piggie are just so excited about playing outside, until the unfortunate event of a rainstorm. The friends are so upset because they HATE the rain. However, as the story goes on, the two friends discover the rain can be fun to play in! Just as soon as they find ...more
Antoinette Evans
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The common thread of Are You Ready to Play Outside? is friendship. Despite the weather, the pig and elephant find ways to enjoy each other's company and companionship. This story can illustrate the joys of friendship for young readers. The story line is simplistic and the illustrations are bold and distinct. Therefore, this book should be appealing for early readers. The personification of animals entices younger readers into finding the silliness and fun that can be had by the characters. In ad ...more
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
This is a fun story and a great book for beginning readers. With just enough repetition in the narrative and just a sprinkling of "hard" words, this book is great for encouraging children to test out their reading skills. It's fun to read aloud (as are most of Mo Willems' stories), filled with fun dialogue and emotion. We've read this a few times.
The Library Lady
Mar 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
In contrast to another book I recently review "Good Dog, Aggie", this is the sort of book that shows what a great beginning reader can do. Simple dialog (with lots of repetition and large print), art that all but leaps off the page and two very distinct characters draw new readers in AND make adults giggle along with them. For once, the committee gave the award to the right book. Ted Geisel would have approved!
Hannah Garden
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Whoah. Talk about a killer! This book has excitement, disappointment, sharing, giving, playing, and worms. 100% awesome.
Joe Bertelloni
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Easy Reader / Fiction

Copyright Date: 2008

Estimate of age level of interest: K - 3

Estimate of reading level: Pre-Reader, Kindergarten

Brief description: Piggie and Gerald are excited to play outside! Unfortunately, it starts to rain and Piggie gets upset. Gerald suggests that they can still play outside and have fun and Piggie starts having a great time. That is until it stops raining and Piggie wants it to rain again. Gerald solves this pro
Erin Dunleavy
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exam-2
I really, really liked this book! This book won the Geisel Award in 2009. I picked this book because of how much I enjoyed the last Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie book. This book is recommended for children ages 4-8, but I also think younger children would enjoy listening to this book too because it is simple and easy to understand. The illustrations in this book are very simple because it only had an elephant, pig, and three worms in the whole story on a white background. I really liked the way ...more
Maggie Jackson
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Playing outside is the best! But it is not as much fun when it is raining. Piggie and Gerald want to play outside all day, but not in the rain. Piggie hates the rain, until he sees two worms playing and having fun in the rain. Soon Gerald and Piggie are having so much fun playing in the rain, until the rain stops. Now they are upset that it is not raining, until it starts to rain again!

The overall theme of this book is the importance of playing outside. Nowadays, children are either on the compu
Ali Kessling
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: is330-exam-2
While I have enjoyed the Mo Willems books I have read such as Knuffle Bunny, I wasn’t super impressed with the illustrations and design of this book. The pages are all very plain because the background is white on every page and the most detail on one page was the rain. I believe that the artistic medium used is colored pencil and a charcoal pencil for the outline of the elephant and the pig and the rain. Charcoal makes it easy to sketch thin or thick lines and I think the illustrations do not l ...more
Julia Collins
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best friends, Piggie and Gerald, are beyond excited for their day full of adventures and outdoor activities. Nothing can stop the two from having fun, until…rain drops start falling from the sky. Frustrated, Piggie and Gerald ditch their happy faces for feelings of anger toward the rain. But, right before they decide to give up on their fun day, the two friends learn how they can make the best of any situation. This simple, yet silly book, is an easy and enjoyable read for younger childre
Madison Fender
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 31-40
This is a book about Gerald and Piggie and how they want to go outside to play. Piggie is telling Gerald about all of the fun activities that they are going to do together outside. Once they get outside a problem occurs and it starts to rain. Piggie is upset about the rain and begins to see that the rain might not be so bad.

Teaching Point:
This would be a great book to teach your students how to sequence. This could be a book that you give the students to read on their own in a center and
Sydney Chassion
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-31-40
This was a short story about an elephant and his friend. The elephant wanted to go play outside, but his friend had other things to do, so it kept getting pushed off. Eventually, after a long series of squabble and brief activities, they get to go outside and have fun.

This was a pretty average book. It wasn't my favorite, but I think beginning readers would benefit from reading it as a developmental tool. It could easily be implemented into an independent reading activity, or
I love Elephant & Piggie books so much! This one is a riot to act out while reading out loud. I used it at a preschool storytime with great success. Mo Willems' illustrations are so outstanding and convey every nuance of what the characters--Piggie especially--are feeling and thinking.

In this tale, the two friends are super excited to go play outside, but just as they begin, it starts to rain. It POURS. Piggie has never seen so much rain in her life! She is not a happy pig. Things start loo
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