Monday, March 29, 2010
The Emergent Reader's Laughapalooza: I Am Going! by Mo Willems
Willem's latest Elephant and Piggie offering, I Am Going! begins when Piggie, who is hanging out with her friend Elephant, tells him that she is going. Elephant panics. (See the book cover.) Piggie is his best friend! She cannot go! He won't let her! As he becomes increasingly hysterical ("Go tomorrow! Go next week! Go next month! GO NEXT YEAR!!!" he wails), and then sulky (fine, he decides, he'll go too! Watch him go! Look at him--he's going! Piggie's not the only one who can go!) he forgets to ask the big question--where the heck is Piggie going, anyway?
Hmmm. It turns out she's going to lunch.
Now Ewan's swanning around the house shouting "I WON'T LET YOU GO!" and "GO TOMORROW! GO NEXT WEEK!..."et cetera, et cetera. And then laughing like crazy. I'm sure people who don't know Elephant and Piggie think he's being very strange. But Ewan, Mo and I, we're in on the joke. And we love it.
Here's Mo, admitting that Elephant and Piggie are his favourite characters: