Can I Play Too? (Elephant and Piggie Series)

Can I Play Too? (Elephant and Piggie Series)

by Mo Willems


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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Can I Play Too? Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to join in a game of catch. But don't you need arms to catch?

Mo Willems' Geisel Award-winning duo never fails to tickle readers of all ages. Like previous Elephant & Piggie Books, this adventure has been vetted by an early learning specialist and emerging learners themselves. It turns reading into play!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423119913
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
Pages: 57
Sales rank: 19,998
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 180L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Number one New York Times best -selling author and illustrator Mo Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Big Frog Can't Fit In.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards.

#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE, and KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO: A TALE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009. He lives with his wife and daughter in Western Massachusetts.

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Can I Play Too? (Elephant and Piggie Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest Elephant and Piggie books, most definitely! Elephant and Piggie are going to play catch until Snake comes up and wants to play. So Elephant keeps throwing him the ball and it keeps hitting him and making him dizzy. The illustrations are HILARIOUS!
AlisonsBookMarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am always delighted to introduce Mo Willems to a new parent! In Can I Play Too? Elephant and Piggie set off to play catch, when a new friend comes along...snake. But, can snake play catch? The seemingly simple illustrations beautifully capture Elephant and Piggie's concern over snake's feelings, and their determination in including him in their fun. After all, they don't want ANYONE to feel left out!Not only is this a fun book to read aloud, but my son is at an age where he pretty much has this one memorized after only a few readings and asks me to read it over and over again. This truly is one of the best of the best picture books! You can never go wrong with Mo Willems!We love Mo Willems in our house, and I'm always amazed when I meet parents who haven't yet discovered his books. If you haven't read Mo Willems to your little ones yet, go forth and introduce your family to Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and the rest of the gang - you won't be disappointed!A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting, albeit briefly, Mo Willems at The Book Expo (BEA). He was signing a few of his newer books, including Can I Play Too? He was kind and gracious, even with hundreds of people on line. He personalized a book to my younger son, who is an even bigger fan of Willems's work than my older son was at his age. What a special keepsake to have in our library - many thanks to Mo Willems and Hyperion!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elephant and Piggie is one of THE best early-reader series out there.It's simple. The pictures are helpful, but not TOO helpful. Most importantly - it's not boring! The books are short, containing few words, but the repetition is FUNNY and not too intrusive. ("You do not have arms." "I DO NOT HAVE ARMS?!?!?") It's got to be HARD to write funny books for kids this young. Honestly, I don't think I could do it! And to write one that the kid will want to read over and over again - well! I don't know how Mo Willems does it, frankly.My favorite part of this book? Hm. Has to be either Snake's (pretend) freakout upon being told that he has no arms OR Piggie's idea, after Snake fails to catch the ball several times, that maaaaaybe what they really need is MORE BALLS! (This works exactly as well as you'd expect.)Please - check out a copy of this, and other Elephant and Piggie books at your local library. Your resident early reader will thank you for it later :)
Jpeshke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Can I play too?" is a great story of two friends accepting another friend into their group. This story of acceptance and friendship is wonderful for all readers but the writing is great for early readers. The dialogue is simple and in the fun to read format of speech bubbles. a really great, interactive read!
scmunoz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting children's book--I like that it addresses a physical characteristic of another animal. On a larger sense, this lesson can pertain to real life. often times children come into contact with other children who are different, and may not have the same capabilities as others. Obviously, children cannot being throwing other children around. This story also helps show children that making new friends can be as easy as playing a game together.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Problem solving and inclusiveness are big themes of this picture book. And yet it is so fun and funny as Gerald and Piggie try to include their new friend Snake in a game of catch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4yr old loves Elephant & Piggie books and is getting quite the collection. Can I Play Too? is by far the favorite of his 2 yr old brother, and I have to say it's my favorite of them all, too.
MarmaladeLibby More than 1 year ago
**Originally posted on Libby Blog** From the mouth of my 5-year-old... This is about an Elephant and a Piggie who are gonna play ball. It's really funny because it goes "Bonk, bonk, bonk, when they try to play ball with the snake." Then the Piggie gets an idea and it's really cool because they all play together. Her thoughts: It was really cool. The pictures were pretty with blue and pink and green. I like it because it has a "Y" and "T" and "L"! My thoughts: My daughter giggled and giggled when we read this together this morning which I LOVED! She really liked Elephant and Piggie. It was interesting because for some reason the easy words and simple layout of it all made her decide to repeat each bit that I read as we went along and suddenly SHE READ ONE ON HER OWN! Now I completely get that she probably just guessed at it and got lucky, but seriously it was SO cool! She was SO PROUD that she "READ" it! :) These books are so fun and I highly recommend them for little ones like my 5-year-old! The can always use more Mo!
Off4Summer More than 1 year ago
ALL of the Elephant and Piggie stories are wonderful!The text is written so beginning readers can read it and the illustrations bring on great conversation about how each character is feeling and thinking. I teach first grade and used this book for a lesson about Dr Martin Luther King Jr. this week. Pig and Elephant want to play catch but Snake has no arms to play that game, but they find a way to include him with his differences. There isn't a Mo Willems book I don't like ! The Naked Mole Rat is perfect for anytime there is change ,,, It may be different but we still will have fun.
TheWhistler More than 1 year ago
My ten-year-old laughs at this book, as do I, when I read it to his 5-year-old sister. The road to discovery can be painful, and Gerald and Piggie are just trying, in their clueless way, to discover how to include Snake in their ball game. If that worries people, they certainly shouldn't read their kid the book. My kids are old enough to know not to wham people and animals in the head repeatedly. So they get another important message from this. If you don't want someone to wham you in the head with a ball, tell them to stop! Anyway, we all like this series, but none of them so far has been as funny as this one... not a problem with the rest of the series, mind you, because this one is so good. It's all in the timing.
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My kids are 7 and 5 and we all laughed out loud while reading this book. While another reviewer thought that Piggy and Elephant were cruel to snake we thought that snake was playing a silly joke on elephant and piggy. Snake can laugh at his own differences and is still willing to try new solutions to the problem- how can I play too? I think this comes across very well with the expressions an the animal faces throughout the book. Overall we loved this book and would highly recommend it.
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