While I was writing my personal story to accompany today’s picture book review, something magical happened. The more details I recalled and wrote down, the more I realized I had written a rough draft for my next picture book manuscript. So, I’m going to switch gears and share a different book with you.
I thought I had read every single Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems, but one had escaped me.
I’m especially fond of stories which offer an unexpected twist at the end. And yes, most picture books deliver just such an ending, but as I neared the last pages of The Thank You Book, the ending I expected and was 99.99999% sure would be delivered, was waaaay off. Mo Willems delivered a spot on, eye-popping surprise.
The Thank You Book (An Elephant & Piggie Book)
Written and illustrated by- Mo Willems
Published by- Hyperion Books for Children – 2016
Topics – Thankfulness and consideration for others.
Opening – “I am one lucky pig. I have a lot to be thankful for… I had better get thanking!”
(How adorable is that?)
Synopsis from Amazon – Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In The Thank You Book, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.
Why do I like this book? I have never read a book by Mo Willems I didn’t love. And in The Thank You Book, I spent page after page knowing exactly what Mo Willems had planned. Exactly. And then… BAM! A surprise came beyond all surprises. You’ll simply have to check out this book to find out who Piggie forgets to thank.
Learn more about Mo Willems HERE.
Watch a video interview with Mo Willems HERE.
See some great kid-friendly projects inspired by Mo Willems Books HERE.
Until next Friday.