My Friend Is Sad

My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willems.

I have only managed to get my hands on this one volume of the new Elephant and Piggie books.  Sigh…  One must try to carry one despite the disappointment…

This book is a marvelous example of the talent of Willems in taking a very simple scenario and turning it into a laugh-out-loud chapter book for beginning readers.  With the simple lines of his Pigeon books, perennial favorites in our house, he captures the angst and sorrow of Elephant and the manic attempts of Piggie to cheer him up.  Who knew that an elephant could be SOOOO very sad?

Recommend this to beginning readers who have listened to the Pigeon books as preschoolers.  They will adore having their own Willems book to try out.  Now just to try to wait patiently for one of the local libraries to get the second of the books…