Hilarious, with unexpected plot turns, and thoroughly charming. Willems’ art is simple, but immensely expressive. Font and layout are clear—wonderful for new readers. All the text is purely dialogue between Elephant and Piggie, an interesting concept, which lends itself well to creative voicing and exuberant out-loud reading.
Young Shau-yu turns a simple errand into a magically imaginative adventure. On her way to buy eggs, she follows a cat’s shadow, peers through a blue marble, crunches leaves and makes her world blurry with a found pair of eyeglasses. She returns home to her loving father, having had, “such a busy day.”
This book is a triumph in its quiet brilliance. Though the color palate is muted earth tones and the story is modest in its every-day-ness, it brims with life and magic. The artist’s perspectives are fresh and unexpected: Shau-yu is able to follow a cat’s shadow which is cast on the ground—the cat is walking on a roof, so it appears that Shau-yu is teetering on the edge as well. When she looks through the blue marble, the world, “becomes a big blue ocean”—awash in a gorgeous tone. Pure, delightful and utterly charming.