Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Fabulous Mo Willems Strikes Again!

Fans of Mo Willems should be very happy this fall, with three new books being published.
The first is Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, the much-anticipated sequel to the Caldecott Honor-winning book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Trixie is now in Pre-K and is bringing her beloved one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to class to show him off. When she gets there she finds that another girl in her class -Sonja- has THE EXACT SAME BUNNY. Bickering ensues, including a hilarious back and forth between the two girls that finally lays to rest the 'how to pronounce Knuffle' debate. For the record, Trixie pronounces it 'Kuh-nuffle'. The bunnies are confiscated and a mix-up at the end of the day results in a hilarious 2:30 a.m. rendezvous for an 'exchange of the bunnies'.

Next are the two new installments in the 'Elephant and Piggie' series of easy
readers, There is a Bird on Your Head! and I am Invited to a Party! . Poor Gerald! In 'There is a Bird On Your Head', first one bird lands on his head, then another. To make matters worse, the two birds are in love and are soon joined by one nest and three eggs. What to do? In 'I am Invited to a Party', Piggie receives her first party invitation and invites friend Gerald along too. But the invitation doesn't specify what type of party it is, so party expert Gerald and increasingly skeptical Piggie don various outfits so they are ready for any situation!
With large font, simple illustrations, colour-coded text bubbles, word repetition and hilarious situations, these books will be a hit with beginning readers. And of course, Pigeon makes an appearance on the endpapers of each book.

Speaking of the Pigeon, you might have heard that there is a new Pigeon book coming next April. The title so far is simply 'The Pigeon Wants a...'. The object of Pigeon's affection is a secret, which will be revealed to all on April 1st, 2008- Pigeon's birthday.
For those who can't get enough of Mo, check out the website This fun interactive site has a hot dog dress up game, a colouring page-of-the-month, downloadable activity sheets, information on the books and characters, teacher's guides and much more!

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