Every Friday I’ll post a title I am in love with. This week it is an Elephant and Piggie book, Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems. Those not familiar with Mo Willems need to check out “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”, “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”, “Knuffle Bunny”, “Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct” or any other Mo Willems book at a library ASAP. Seriously. If his drawings look simplistic, that’s on purpose…he has said that his goal is to draw characters that young children can doodle. Read more about Mo Willems here. Those who intimately know the Pigeon, he now has his own app, appropriately titled “Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!”
Let’s Go for a Drive came out in October 2012 and is the most recent in the series. Elephant and Piggie want to go for a drive (Just try not to giggle as the pair squeal “Drive! Drive! Drivey-Drive-Drive!”) First, they have to form a plan and gather everything they could possibly need (sound familiar, parents?). If it’s sunny, they need sunglasses; but if it rains, they’ll need an umbrella….and so on. There is a big laugh factor here, especially when they realize they don’t actually have a car. Repetition in the storyline makes this a great group read aloud, as well as enabling non-readers (or those just learning) to enhance their narrative skills by re-telling it. My suggestion? Read this story to your child, then get creative in the re-telling, using various toys around the house as props. Find out what they think Elephant and Piggie need for their car trip! And don’t forget to giggle!