Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Find: the Elephant & Piggie books

This week's Friday Find is a children's book series, because Friday Finds is all about the fun, unexpected discoveries I run across.

This week my daughter came home from library day at school with the latest addition to Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie series, We Are in a Book. In it, the titular characters, realize at last, 13 books into their existence, that they are, in fact, characters in a book. After using their knowledge to persuade the reader to say silly words, Elephant has an existential crisis upon realizing that the book will end...but decides it's OK, because the reader can always go back and re-read. That's all there is to it, but it's hilarious and sweet, and is my second favorite in the series after There Is a Bird on Your Head.

If you've got a kid between the age of 3 and 7 in your life, you owe it to yourself to get these books. They're sweet without being cloying and manage to be funny for adults and children alike without ever telling jokes at the grown-ups above the kids' heads.

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