I LOVE author and illustrator Mo Willems. Studying an author as brilliant as Mo Willems can help children to appreciate writing, illustrating, humor, cartooning, and literary elements – just to name a few.
If you’re not yet a fan, um, WHY NOT?
Now, let’s talk. Aren’t the Elephant and Piggie books simply hilarious? Which one is your favorite? Mine is Watch Me Throw the Ball! (“The pig rocks!”)
What about the Pigeon books? I totally crack up at the Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
There are three charming Knuffle Bunny books done in mixed media – photography and illustration. I’m still sad about the third because I just don’t want to say good-bye. (Trixie is much more mature than me.)
If you’re wondering how to say Knuffle Bunny, when we saw Mo at The Tattered Cover, he said you can either say the k or not- he refused to say which one was his intention. Which is cool. Don’t you think?
Reading Knuffle Bunny
As you read the Elephant and Piggie books, discuss your observations.
The Pigeon has his on iPad app. It allows the reader, your child, to participate in making a funny story.
Willems recently developed a colorful, engaging new series of early readers: Cat the Cat, Who is That? What’s Your Sound Hound the Hound?, Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep, and Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly