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Oct 12 2016

I broke my trunk! by Mo Willems

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An Elephant and Piggie book. Walker Books, 2011. ISBN 9781406373592
(Age: 3-6) Recommended. Humour. Injury. Picture book. Animal characters. Friendship. Mo Willems manages to entertain with few words and simplified illustrations (and all text in speech bubbles); and young children will love this! With few colours and few words, Elephant tells the convoluted reason for his injured trunk. This begins as a recount of the events leading to his injury (akin in style to the fable, The giant turnip), but leads to a twist connected to his friendship with Piggie. The simple explanation is the basis of the humour, but this is then compounded and magnified when Piggie also gets his own 'broken body part'!
It is a crazy story with silly illustrations, but very appealing for a young audience aged 3-6.
Carolyn Hull

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