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The Good for Nothing Button

(Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! #3)

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Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something!
The hilarious debate tha
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Matt
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mo Willems has fostered a love of reading in the minds for many over the years. Now, there is a branch-off series full of the same emotion and easy to read words between the covers, with this one written by Charisse Mericle Harper. Yellow Bird has a wonderful new toy, a button that does nothing. That’s fine, until Red and Blue Bird find much joy in pressing this button, which is surely something. Poking fun at Yellow Bird for falsely advertising this button, they laugh and giggle when they press ...more
Becky
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Hey, look! It's Yellow Bird. Hi, Yellow Bird. Look what I have. WOW! Wowee! Wow! Wow! I cannot believe it! What is it? It is a BUTTON. A red button. Red is my favorite! What does it do? NOTHING! Nothing?

Premise/plot: Gerald and Piggie are getting ready to read another book together: The Good for Nothing Button. (Elephant and Piggie star in the first few pages and the last few pages of this one.) Three birds (Yellow Bird, Blue Bird, Red Bird) try to decide what a button does--if
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Jillian Heise
I'm so glad Elephant & Piggie aren't completely gone, and that other voices are getting to join in the fun!! Adorable and funny! Could be great for tying to discussions on emotions. ...more
Dianna
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My four-year-old LOVED this book and talks about it all the time. Of the books in the new Elephant and Piggie spin-off series, this is the most like the original Elephant and Piggie books by a long shot.
Tasha
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Part of the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series, this early reader is a philosophical joy. Yellow Bird has a button that does absolutely nothing, or does it? He shows it to Red Bird and Blue Bird. When Blue Bird tries the button, it surprises him. And that’s not nothing! It doesn’t surprise Red Bird, which makes Blue Bird sad, also not nothing. Then Yellow Bird gets angry at their responses, which is also not nothing. Soon the button can make them do lots of things, even get funny and silly. ...more
Gail
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this new reader! 😂
Natalie Pietro
My kids laughed so hard at this book. They were fighting over who got to hold this book so they would have a clear view of all the funny words and pictures. Much fun.
Heidi
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-readers
Funny plot, cute illustrations. Variety of emotions makes it fun to read out loud.
Michele Knott
Made me giggle just like when I read Elephant and Piggie. Another winner for the new Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series.
Earl
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the third offering in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series, we meet three friends and their different reactions to a button. My words will not bring justice to how fun this book is. I can just picture how many giggling kids there will be when reading this!
Eugene
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A subtle satire of millennial pile-on culture, device addiction, and the panopticon inherent in the internet of things, this dense page turner is like a Black Mirror episode written by Samuel Beckett. Stars Red Bird, Yellow Bird, and Blue bird; introduced by Elephant and Piggie.

From the jacket copy: "Yellow Bird has a button. And it does . . . NOTHING! But when Red Bird and Blue Bird press the button. it does . . . SOMETHING!"
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Judy
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
This book is a hoot! Fans of Elephant and Piggie will enjoy this humorous story of three birds who react over the pushing of a button--that does nothing...or does it? Introduced by none other than Elephant and Piggie, the story is enjoyed by them as well, and it leads Elephant into looking for his own button to push. Wonder where he will find one? Read and find out! A great book for early readers.
Leslie
Theodore Geisel Award Winner 2017

What a fun book! It's the second in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading Series and it feels very much like a Mo Willems book. Great illustrations, fun story. I'm sure it will be a hit with young readers and it would make a great discussion for what kids think their SOMETHING-est is!

Highly recommend this one.
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Sarah
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, my-kids
Me, my son, and his entire kindergarten classroom loved this book! 3 birds find themselves alone with a red button that seemingly does nothing when they push it. However, why do their emotions change each time the button is pushed? With a great comedic voice, this author shoes kids how emotions may be more in their control than they realize.
Angela
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Compare to the brilliance of "Not a Box". A great addition to the growing Elephant and Piggie Like Reading library. ...more
Heidi-Marie
Meh. It was OK. A good beginner/easy reader. Just not to the standard of E&P. In fact, the parts I liked best were the beginning and end with E&P. The grass book was better.
Chantele Sedgwick
This was pretty cute. My 5-year-old LOVED it!
Jenna Maggiolo
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
The first thing I noticed after reading this was there were no conjunction words. It is instead of it's. I cannot instead of I can't. That's because, at this level of reading, students don't know about the joining of two words.
The facial expressions in this book are very detailed and that is because kids at early reading levels can associate the facial expressions with the words. This book was about a button that had no meaning, it did nothing. But what three friends soon found out was that the
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Martha
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-reader
I'm a big fan of Charise Mericle Harper, I loved her monster book, The Monster Show written long ago, her Fashion Kitty series, and her latest Crafty Cat title which goes from one pair of eager hands to another. I loved doing crafts when I was little, and the kids still love to make crafts in library class. The Good for Nothing Button didn't come alive for me until I read it to our kindergartens. They notice everything slipped into the pictures, the expressions on Red, Blue, and Yellow bird, the ...more
Tori Rinkol
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is about a yellow, red, and blue bird. The yellow bird finds a button that does nothing or so they think. They each take turns pressing the button, each time they press the button, they all feel differently about what happens. The yellow bird is convinced that it does absolutely nothing, but the red and yellow bird say differently. They say it gives them different kinds of emotions.

An activity that could be done with reading this book is to get a button or something the kids have to p
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Cameron
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ted-2360
Summary
In The Good for Nothing Button we find ourselves in a conversation between three birds, yellow bird, blues bird and red bird. Yellow bird comes running in to tell the other birds he has a button! a button that does... nothing. He offers the two birds to try it. Blue bird quickly accepts the offer and presses the button. In shock of its nothingness, blue bird jumps back after being surprised by its nothingness. Wait a second though... I thought this button was suppose to do nothing. If it
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Tami
Yellow Bird brings a button to show Red Bird and Blue Bird. They disagree over what the button can actually do. Yellow Bird argues that it does nothing. Red Bird and Blue Bird discover all kinds of effects when the button is pressed--much to Yellow Bird's irritation.

The third book in the Elephant & Piggie Also Like Reading series, Button stays true to the big colors and humor of the series. The colors are done in bold, flat, primary colors with little illustration extraneous to the characters an
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Michael Rank
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book and the other books that are a part of this new Elephant & Piggie series is an interesting idea. This book exists inside the world of Elephant & Piggie, and it's one of their favorite books. The idea is a little too meta for kids to get, but I think adults will appreciate the next level nature of it.

I much prefer the actual Elephant & Piggie books, however. The humor in this book wasn't nearly as sharp and witty as with the original E&P series, and the plot was just okay. I thought the
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Erin
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yellow Bird found a button and can't wait to show Red Bird and Blue Bird. When they ask him what it does he tells them, "Nothing" but they want to push the button themselves. When they do, they find out that the button does more than nothing, it does everything! This book is sure to delight any fans of Elephant and Piggie. The illustrations are simple and bright and the text is humorous but also offers a chance for understanding emotions. Blue Bird is surprised, when Red Bird doesn’t get surpris ...more
Lauren Murphy
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sweet story for younger children to learn some vocabulary. It is a safe way for them to start learning what it looks like to read. Each page is has big, bright pictures with a few expressive words. It allows for a safe environment for students in Kindergarten to practice their new reading and speaking skills. It would be a great book for children to practice with a teacher or practice on their own during silent reading time. It would also be great for older students to help younge ...more
Erin
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Yellow Bird has a button that does nothing--or does it? If you press it, nothing happens. Except when Blue Bird presses it he is surprised. That's not nothing! When Red Bird presses it nothing happens and he gets sad. That's not nothing either! Yellow Bird starts getting upset. He says a button cannot make you feel surprised or sad or mad or anything else! He starts flapping around all over the place. The other birds think that makes Yellow Bird funny. He likes being funny! So they were all funn ...more
Lisa
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When a yellow bird brings a button to show to his friends (the blue bird and the red bird), they take turns pressing it. The yellow bird insists that the button does nothing, but the other birds don’t agree.

This is a delightful story! Very funny and a perfect read aloud. Part of the “Elephant and Piggy Like Reading” series, the story is told in word bubbles with a lot of repeated phrases, so the early reader can easily participate. Don’t pass on this one.

Cross posted to http://kissthebook.blog
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Becky B
Yellow Bird has a button that does nothing. But does that mean it is good for nothing? Hmmm

Quite a little philosophical picture book if you really think about it. Does something have to do something to have value, and just because it doesn't innately do something does that mean it has no affect on its surroundings? You could have some really deep conversations that jump off from this book. But let's not forget the fun surface level value it has either. It's a very entertaining little easy reader
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Cross-posted on the reviewer's personal GoodReads account:

Harper, Charise Mericle The Good for Nothing Button, PICTURE BOOK. Hyperion Books for Children (Disney) 2017. $9.99. Content G.

This is a delightful story! Very funny and a perfect read aloud. Part of the “Elephant and Piggy Like Reading” series, the story is told in word bubbles with a lot of repeated phrases, so the early reader can easily participate. Don’t pass on this one.

EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian
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McKenzie Richardson
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This is a cute idea for a book. I like how it expands on the Elephant and Piggie universe. The story itself is funny, but I wouldn't say it's as good as the actual Elephant and Piggie books. The concept was too circular and it doesn't really go anywhere. But it is still a fun read.

Nice illustrations. I love all of the facial expressions.

Plus, Gerald, Piggie, and the Pigeon all make an appearance in the book, which is fun.

A cute read for fans of
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