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A Big Guy Took My Ball! (an Elephant and Piggie Book)
Contributor(s): Willems, Mo (Author), Willems, Mo (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1423174917     ISBN-13: 9781423174912
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2013
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Annotation: The creator of such Caldecott Honor-winning stories as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! presents a latest adventure in which the intrepid best friends team up against a big guy who takes Piggie's ball away from her.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Values & Virtues
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Pigs
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2012010899
Lexile Measure: 270 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Series: Elephant & Piggie Books
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 6.9" W x 9.3" (0.72 lbs) 56 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 158336
Reading Level: 1.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, 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). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.


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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Piggie is upset when a "big guy" takes his "big ball." In fact, the ball belongs to a whale, who calls it his "little" ball. When Piggie and Gerald learn that the whale is lonely, they invent a new game for the trio to play together. With expressive text and illustrations, this humorous story cleverly explores the concept of size.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)

PreS-Gr 1—Once again Willems observes truths about human behavior through the eyes of Gerald, an elephant, and Piggie. The premise this time is that Piggie's recently acquired ball has been snatched by some unknown creature, one so big that Piggie begs Gerald to intervene. But Gerald's perceived power and genuine desire to help his smaller friend cannot provide him with sufficient courage once he sees that he'll have to confront an enormous whale. Outward appearance is rarely a true indicator of inner feelings, though, and the same reality is reflected in the whale, who turns out to be a gentle giant who is remarkably polite. Size should never be a factor in determining friendship, and Willems's two pals are happy to have a new playmate. The story engages readers with delightfully familiar cartoon illustrations and invites them to follow it independently by reading the speech bubbles. This title is a wonderful addition to the series; it's particularly useful for discussions of inside and outside traits, as well as the tricky topic of threesomes.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

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