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Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – Mar 17 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (March 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113485
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"These appealing titles ... are sure to become favorites."

"The masterful combination of early-reader convention and sly wit make this pair of pals one to celebrate."

"These books will easily take their place alongside Seuss and Eastman as classics in the beginning-reader genre."

About the Author

#1 New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems started his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing before changing the face of children's literature with his groundbreaking picture books. Mo 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) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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This is my favourite Piggy and Gerald book so far ... and little Carl and I love them all. Piggy is her usual bubbly self but Gerald has his feet firmly planted on the ground. In the end her creativity and enthusiasm win Gerald over. The twist in the story is a treat for the little listener and the adult reader.
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The books from Mo Willems are sure hits with children ages 4 to 10 and even older!
Students in my school are wild to have them read aloud and younger students can access them on their own for personal reading. The humour and simple illustrations allow children to savour the humour and at the same time appreciate the simple and important message, "Have fun with sports" or have fun with daily situations. The little pig's simple belief in himself is charming and easily recognized by Kindergarten children and even younger.
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Was given to us as a gift for our kid, who couldn't put it down for many weeks! We've been since hooked on the Elephant and Piggie books... They are funny and a young child can read the books on their own soon after!
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HASH(0xa157bc78) out of 5 stars The Best of the Books! March 20 2011
By Daryl - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Out of all the Elephant and Piggie stories this one is probably my favorite, probably because I was such a high strung, shy child and this is something that I myself could have benefited from hearing. In fact, I probably still could. As for the story its self I had so much fun with this one that as soon as we finished it was promptly read again and again, the lesson about the ball easily extended beyond the reading lesson.

Gerald has a ball, and as usual once Piggie wants to join in he happily lets her do so but not before he attempts to make a huge fuss out of nothing. Throwing a ball is hard work! One must study for years! But Piggie is impatient and ends up throwing the ball before he's done explaining and unfortunately it doesn't go as far as when Gerald threw it. Even more bewildering is the fact that Piggie doesn't seem to care that her ball didn't even go three feet. The reason? Because the most important part of throwing the ball was just to have fun of course! Zipping off she leaves Gerald to contemplate these words of wisdom which ultimately inspire him to break his own, incredibly serious and overly complicated rules and follow in her footsteps much to his delight.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa157bccc) out of 5 stars Best Solution for Reluctant/Struggling New Readers Nov. 6 2012
By Pebbles-the-cat - Published on
Format: Hardcover
We *LOVE* Elephant & Piggie books in our family! So simple but convey so much emotion that kids of all ages can identify with. If you love to laugh, these books are for you. We've read every one of them, and not one is a disappointment! You just really can't go wrong with any one of these totally cute, funny books. The bonus? These books turned around a situation that was developing into a big negative and struggle.

In kindergarten, my son picked up reading with ease. By the end he was freakishly excellent at reading and testing four grades ahead of his own. Enter next in line, sister. In kindergarten, she is a regular kid and reading comes to her at the usual speed. This would be fine if she hadn't already been reading with brother super-reader, setting her expectations unreasonably high for herself. My kids and I have been reading before bed every night since they were born, and since becoming old enough, the three of us together, every night. My daughter was keenly aware of her brother's reading development as he had taken over the duties from me. As my daughter began to read, the requirement from school was for her to read at home. Her experience was quickly becoming a very negative one as she would struggle with every word, and her brother would become impatient and want to help, further frustrating her... and on it went every night. She was exhausted and frustrated by the end of 10min. I feared she would end up like me - never reading a book unless assigned in school, until her brother was born, because I read so slow and couldn't keep up with my own attn. span. I also recognized that the books for her reading level contained many words that were above her abilities, not real words (further confusing things) and frankly, above the reading level of the target audience. I remember thinking, "... if I could just find a book that had almost only words she had already learned in school..."

Enter Elephant & Piggie to our rescue! The simplicity of the words, plus their repetition meant that she could read a whole book *herself*, just like her brother, and not feel dumb, or exhausted and frustrated by the end. Whew! THAT was a close one. I'm convinced that if we didn't find the Elephant & Piggie books, to this day it would be like pulling teeth to get my daughter to read. Today she is in 4th grade and reading at her grade level and improving every day! I feel like I owe so much to Elephant & Piggie! AND - Elephant & Piggie are just plain FUNNY and sweet! THANK YOU Mo Willems, for saving us and the magic of reading together as a family! I am forever in your debt.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa157c120) out of 5 stars Halarious book for the 4 - 6 year old set! June 25 2009
By Triplets + one - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A simple story with simple drawings that not only got the attention of my nearly 6 year old but had him rolling in laughter! I read it to my son first, then he took a turn reading to me. A little on the long side for a new reader but a HUGE hit in our house. The others in the series are great too, but this is our personal favorite.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa157c108) out of 5 stars A review by Jenna May 20 2011
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Format: Hardcover
This book is about Elephant and Piggie. Gerald throws the ball and Piggy likes to have a lot of fun. Piggie tells Gerald he threw the ball all the way around the world! I like this book because Piggie likes to have fun. I like books by Mo Willems because they are silly!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa157c3c0) out of 5 stars Great book for young one AND older siblings. Sept. 8 2011
By JC - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What a fun book! Simple prose and pictures make it perfect for the tot and early reader. I have a 2 1/2 year old who loves the story. I also have a 10-year-old sports loving son. On many occasions, he and his friends have been both the pig and the elephant. He had fun reading the story, too, and recognized himself in the simple, sweet tale of uber-confidence!