Tuesday, February 21, 2012

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Book Jacket

Gerald is careful.  Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling.  Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read.  But what will happen when the book ends?!


When I started reading this book, I was completely thrown by Piggie's initial wink and "Thank you."  Had I missed something?  Were pages missing?  Had Willems gone mad?  But when I finished the story, I actually cooed "awww!" in understanding and appreciation. 

We Are in a Book! is all kinds of creative.  I'm a reader, so I spend a lot of brainspace worrying about and loving characters as if they are real people.  But I've never considered what it would be like if the characters realized they were part of a story.  Would they freak out?  Take advantage of the reader?  Get excited?

Turns out Gerald and Piggie do it all.  They even have an existential crisis when the realize that the book will end.  Dun dun duuun.  I was thoroughly entertained.  Willems is brilliant.

Five out of five bananas.

Release Date: September 2010
Reading Level: Ages 4+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: MONARCH


  1. Love BOTH of your choices from today! I've always been curious about Hate That Cat, but never actually read it. Have you?

  2. No, I haven't read (or previously heard of) Hate That Cat. I'll give it a look and see if it seems like another dead animal book. If not, I'd love to read it! :)