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Screen Shot 2013-03-08 at 9.16.46 PMWill Fingers McGraw escape with the cheese?!  Maybe, if you’ll be his lookout…


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More conversation than narrative, this charming book poses all manner of questions worth pondering.  Would you rather…tickle a monkey or dance with goats?  The more harrowing questions, like Would you rather be… swallowed by a fish or sat on by a rhinoceros? are tempered by Burningham’s wonderfully silly drawings.


Elephant is a worrier, a pessimist. Piggie is an optimist, always ready for fun. When a bird lands on Elephants head one day, neither one of them could have imagined what would happen next.

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.



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