If you don’t know who Mo Willems is, he is the author and illustrator for another popular series of books for young children about a pigeon…
G1 first read the books from school. He loved them so much that he wanted his own personal copy despite the book being far too simple for him (his reading level includes books like Enid Blyton’s “Wishing Chair Collection“, Cressida Cowell’s “How to Train Your Dragon” series, and Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory“). I must confess that I loathe buying G1 books that I feel are so far below his reading level. I relented because it was so sweet to watch the boys with their heads together giggling through the entire book.
Although G2’s reading skills have been progressing well with Little Reader, I have yet to really see him sit down to read a book by himself. The Elephant & Piggie book was the first time I’ve seen him read a book by himself so I’ve been inspired to get more of them.
When we went to the school library, G1 wanted to borrow all the Elephant & Piggie books he could get his hands on. Unfortunately, the librarian could only allow him to take out one copy. Being a popular series among the children, all the kids wanted to borrow these books. I guess that’s a pretty good indication that the fan-base for this series of books is pretty universal then.
Book Page Samples
If you want to know how easy the book is, here’s a sample page from the Elephant & Piggie book:
And this is from the Pigeon book:
Pretty easy, right? What I like about them is that the pictures are simple but still engaging. The pages are clean and uncluttered with a mostly white background. The text is clear and easy to read. This is important for beginner readers who don’t need fancy fonts printed on pictures that obscure the words.
If you are looking for a good series of books for your budding reader, I highly recommend Mo Willems’ books. They are entertaining, easy to read, lots of fun, and, most of all, the children love them.