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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 Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?


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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 Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

30 review for Are You Ready to Play Outside?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Elephant and Piggie strike again in this wonderful tale that Neo thoroughly enjoyed reading alongside me. With the sun shining, Gerald and Piggie venture outside to play. However, soon the sun disappears and the rain comes down, first a trickle but soon a downpour. Soaked and less than impressed, Piggie announces that she’s no longer keen on playing outside. Gerald comes to the rescue as they bemoan Mother Nature’s intervention of their play time. It is only after watching others enjoy the rain Elephant and Piggie strike again in this wonderful tale that Neo thoroughly enjoyed reading alongside me. With the sun shining, Gerald and Piggie venture outside to play. However, soon the sun disappears and the rain comes down, first a trickle but soon a downpour. Soaked and less than impressed, Piggie announces that she’s no longer keen on playing outside. Gerald comes to the rescue as they bemoan Mother Nature’s intervention of their play time. It is only after watching others enjoy the rain that Gerald and Piggie see that the rain can be fun. Mother Nature no longer controls their happiness or playtime, rain or shine! Neo and I sped through this book, reading as the clouds pushed across the sky and the rain began to fall. Funny, he looked out and wondered if we might play in the rain. Talk about a book having a lasting impression on young minds.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Elephant and Piggie want to play outside, but it starts raining. Thankfully they will soon realise that rain can be fun, too. Nice story that proves that the two friends can find enjoyment every time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hailey

    So lovely. My 4-year-old girl loooooooooves Piggie&Gerald books. I also cannot help laughing and smiling while I read these books to her.

  4. 4 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    Another wonderful Willems book that kept both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds fascinated. Not enough words to be even a reading level 1 book, Willems still has a way about him to bring the reader into his wonderful world. These books are ones my whole family loves. And a fellow friend on GR recently told me that the pigeon was hidden in each book and we now love to look for him too! But we couldn't find him in this one! :( If anyone knows where it is or if it's not there, let me know! Fun for all Another wonderful Willems book that kept both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds fascinated. Not enough words to be even a reading level 1 book, Willems still has a way about him to bring the reader into his wonderful world. These books are ones my whole family loves. And a fellow friend on GR recently told me that the pigeon was hidden in each book and we now love to look for him too! But we couldn't find him in this one! :( If anyone knows where it is or if it's not there, let me know! Fun for all and a great addition to any children's library!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura McLoughlin

    Kathryn didn't like this one as much as some of the others. Kathryn didn't like this one as much as some of the others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Adorable easy to read book about two friends-Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig and their planned day of fun. Simple language and color coded text boxes help distinguish the two and their wants and needs..Piggie is a hyper little guy who wants to go outside with his friend and run, skip and jump but all his big dreams are thwarted by a smattering of rain. Oh Piggie does not like rain, he yells and pouts and almost gives up his hopes for a day of fun, negatively wondering if anyone could enjo Adorable easy to read book about two friends-Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig and their planned day of fun. Simple language and color coded text boxes help distinguish the two and their wants and needs..Piggie is a hyper little guy who wants to go outside with his friend and run, skip and jump but all his big dreams are thwarted by a smattering of rain. Oh Piggie does not like rain, he yells and pouts and almost gives up his hopes for a day of fun, negatively wondering if anyone could enjoy the day when he and Gerald spot a pair of worms wriggling excitedly for the rain. Loveable optimist Elephant surmises that if the worms can have have fun they can and his energy is contagious infecting Piggie with a new attitude and a newfound LOVE for rain!! The two end up stomping happily in puddles until ha- the rain stops just as soon as it started and Piggie again laments they can’t have fun outside unless they have rain. Again Gerald saves the day and comes up with the ingenious plan of spraying Piggie with water from his trunk simulating rain for puddle jumping! Such a selfless act to make sure his friend got to play even if he didn't, Gerald just looked happy making sure Piggie was happy what a guy-way to go Gerald....Super cute book about best friends, finding the positive in life and working together…another fun read aloud by Mo Willems –a staple in a children’s library as his books and illustrations just make readers smile 😊

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Boyt

    Author: Mo Willems Illustrator: Mo Willems Genre: Picture Book Awards: Geisel Award, 2009 Audience: Pre-school- Kindergarten Are You Ready to Play Outside begins with two friends excited to play together outside. It begins to rain, which makes Piggie sad because he does not think they can play in the rain. Gerald shows Piggie that they can have fun together no matter what the weather is like! A. This book is an Easy-to- Read book because it uses very simple words that young readers could easily recog Author: Mo Willems Illustrator: Mo Willems Genre: Picture Book Awards: Geisel Award, 2009 Audience: Pre-school- Kindergarten Are You Ready to Play Outside begins with two friends excited to play together outside. It begins to rain, which makes Piggie sad because he does not think they can play in the rain. Gerald shows Piggie that they can have fun together no matter what the weather is like! A. This book is an Easy-to- Read book because it uses very simple words that young readers could easily recognize and understand. Piggie and Elephant have word bubbles near their mouth that clearly indicate who is speaking. The exaggerated facial expressions and actions of the characters will also help young readers interpret the emotions taking place in the story. B. There are only four colors used throughout the book. This adds to the simplicity of the aesthetic of the book. The characters look like they were sketched with pencil, which adds to the playful nature of the story. C. I would use this book with children to help them practice their beginning to read skills. This is book is simple and enjoyable. I believe it could help them develop a love for reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    AD

    The combination of illustrations and text make these books so funny - without the pictures you would miss half the greatness of these stories. Piggie and Gerald (the elephant) and going to play outside! Nothing can stop them. Except when it starts raining. And Piggie HATES the rain. He's miserable. Until he learns to love it. Then he's cranky when the sun comes out again. But Gerald has a solution for that too! A lovely story for newly independent readers about friendship, feelings, and problem s The combination of illustrations and text make these books so funny - without the pictures you would miss half the greatness of these stories. Piggie and Gerald (the elephant) and going to play outside! Nothing can stop them. Except when it starts raining. And Piggie HATES the rain. He's miserable. Until he learns to love it. Then he's cranky when the sun comes out again. But Gerald has a solution for that too! A lovely story for newly independent readers about friendship, feelings, and problem solving. Also good for predictive text.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Hartfelder

    5yo: This book is awesome and exciting. I love these books, especially if Gerald is helping Piggy. This is one of the best book series I've ever read. I love it! The part where they have rain falling on their head is especially exciting. I love rain. 😁 10yo: 5 stars. Gerald and Piggie books are interesting. Normally one of them has a problem and the other one helps. Mom: I've thoroughly enjoyed adding Gerald and Piggie books to our repertoire. They're quick, but fun, reads and make an easy "yes" 5yo: This book is awesome and exciting. I love these books, especially if Gerald is helping Piggy. This is one of the best book series I've ever read. I love it! The part where they have rain falling on their head is especially exciting. I love rain. 😁 10yo: 5 stars. Gerald and Piggie books are interesting. Normally one of them has a problem and the other one helps. Mom: I've thoroughly enjoyed adding Gerald and Piggie books to our repertoire. They're quick, but fun, reads and make an easy "yes" for story time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sadia Mansoor

    Aww.. haha. That little piggie is so damn adorable & his excitement is priceless! He even looks cute with his miserable face ^_^ This series is beginning to become my fav & so is the character of Piggie :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOfyV... Aww.. haha. That little piggie is so damn adorable & his excitement is priceless! He even looks cute with his miserable face ^_^ This series is beginning to become my fav & so is the character of Piggie :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOfyV...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    So cute and funny! I am really enjoying these books, which my 5-year-old is reading to me. They all give little ones a positive message about not sweating the small stuff, and to look at the opportunity and fun that exists in everything regardless of the seemingly gloomy predicament.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah McIver

    Genre: Picture Book Awards: Geisel Award Winner Audience: 4-8 years old This book is great for children learning how to read because it has large, simple text and minimal illustrations. It tells the story of two friends with different personalities wanting to play outside, but the rain may ruin their play date. This book is categorized as an Easy-to-read book because it emphasizes the text over anything else. The simple illustrations add to the meaning of the text. This book is appropriate for all Genre: Picture Book Awards: Geisel Award Winner Audience: 4-8 years old This book is great for children learning how to read because it has large, simple text and minimal illustrations. It tells the story of two friends with different personalities wanting to play outside, but the rain may ruin their play date. This book is categorized as an Easy-to-read book because it emphasizes the text over anything else. The simple illustrations add to the meaning of the text. This book is appropriate for all readers, especially those that are learning how to read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Langsather

    I love rain, too!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mimi.Y

    I love the friendship between these two great characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shari

    I love Elephant and Piggie. In this story, Gerald and Piggie's plans to play outside are ruined by rain. I love Elephant and Piggie. In this story, Gerald and Piggie's plans to play outside are ruined by rain.

  16. 4 out of 5

    elyia Lamb

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hey is a you tubeer

  17. 4 out of 5

    Reading Relish

    I loved the way Gerald helped Piggie have fun even when the rain tried ruining their day. Everyone needs a friend like Gerald in their life. This was an adorable book about problem-solving, finding the positive, and how friends can make anything fun!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Amidst the slew of awards announced last week, I was thrilled to see Mo Willems' Are You Ready to Play Outside? named the Geisel Award winner (given for the most distinguished book for early readers.) One of a series of books featuring Elephant and Piggie, these books are TRUE beginning readers. And they are TRULY distinguished. Every element of the books works to facilitate understanding by a new reader: the pictures, the text, the font size, the font color. The simplicity of Willems' drawings i Amidst the slew of awards announced last week, I was thrilled to see Mo Willems' Are You Ready to Play Outside? named the Geisel Award winner (given for the most distinguished book for early readers.) One of a series of books featuring Elephant and Piggie, these books are TRUE beginning readers. And they are TRULY distinguished. Every element of the books works to facilitate understanding by a new reader: the pictures, the text, the font size, the font color. The simplicity of Willems' drawings is so deceptive; they are doing so much! The plain background gives emphasis to the text and the two main characters (occasionally another joins, and if so, is given their own color). Gerald the elephant naturally is gray, and Piggie pink. When they speak, the background of their text boxes is the respective matching color. The text is appropriately sparse, and the font size varies according to the emotional import of the story. When Piggie is sad, the text is small; when she is mad, it is large and then even larger. The uncluttered layout, varying typefaces, and oh so expressive faces of Elephant and Piggie make it easy for a young reader to decipher their emotions and even to read with expression. And if this wasn't enough, the story is funny, engaging, warm and something almost all children can relate to -- wanting to play outside (yea!), then a rainstorm (oh no!), loving to splash in puddles (yeah!), then sunshine (oh no!). My first grader loves to read these books to his younger brother, and both usually end up rolling around with laughter! Some are a bit more absurd (There's a Bird on Your Head!) in their sense of humor, others more universal (I Love My New Toy!), others delightfully quirky (I Will Surprise My Friend) but all are so full of child appeal. May Elephant and Piggie's friendship be long-lived!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Toby

    2009 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award I confess, Mo Willem's Pigeon is one of my favorite characters in children's literature, second only to Dr. Seuss' Horton. And yet, this is my first acquaintance with Elephant & Piggie. The Theodore Seuss Geisel award criteria, like other ALA awards, expect the winner to be 'distinguished,' which is further defined as a 'significant achievement,' 'excellent in quality. displaying 'conspicuous eminence,' and 'individually distinct.' It is ironic that so many mult 2009 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award I confess, Mo Willem's Pigeon is one of my favorite characters in children's literature, second only to Dr. Seuss' Horton. And yet, this is my first acquaintance with Elephant & Piggie. The Theodore Seuss Geisel award criteria, like other ALA awards, expect the winner to be 'distinguished,' which is further defined as a 'significant achievement,' 'excellent in quality. displaying 'conspicuous eminence,' and 'individually distinct.' It is ironic that so many multisyllabic adjectives are used to describe a beginning reader. And yet, this book deserves them all. New readers will benefit from the text balloons that separate the words from the pictures, the few words per page, the frequent repetition of words, and the uncluttered space, either white or rain-spattered, as demanded by the plot. The illustrations clearly demonstrate the story being told, thus acting as comprehension clues for beginning readers. In fact, the expressions on Piggie's face are so evocative of his emotions and drawn so simply with a few black lines, that the book is a perfect blend of text and illustration for a young reader. I love this book! Like a 2nd grader, I now want to read all the other Elephant and Piggie books. I also wonder what my old friend Pigeon is doing peering out of the back endpapers? What a great question to pose to kids for their next creative writing exercise.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scott Middleton

    First, Gerald shouted, "Piggie!" "Gerald!" yelled Piggie. Then, they ran until they were close together. Next, Gerald cried, "Are you ready to play outside?" "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Piggie exclaimed. I like this book because it's a funny book and has funny characters that say funny things. And Piggie and Gerald books sometimes make me laugh! Ha, ha, ha! Do you like Piggie and Gerald books? I do!If you like reading Piggie and Gerald books, then read them all! The problem is that one raindrop has dropped on First, Gerald shouted, "Piggie!" "Gerald!" yelled Piggie. Then, they ran until they were close together. Next, Gerald cried, "Are you ready to play outside?" "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Piggie exclaimed. I like this book because it's a funny book and has funny characters that say funny things. And Piggie and Gerald books sometimes make me laugh! Ha, ha, ha! Do you like Piggie and Gerald books? I do!If you like reading Piggie and Gerald books, then read them all! The problem is that one raindrop has dropped on Piggie's head and then it started to rain hard. Next, Piggie shouted, "I DO NOT LIKE RAIN!!!" After awhile, they walked to the field and they saw worms playing in the rain. Gerald thought and declared, "Maybe we can have fun too..." Then, they play. After that, the rain stops. Piggie cried, "RATS." At last, Gerald drank a lot of water and sprayed it on top of Piggie. Then Piggie said happily, "MY friend elephant Gerald is the best friend ever!!!" Sincerely, Eva I will give this book review 5 stars because this book is funny and a little cute!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    When I saw the new Elephant and Piggie easy reader on our department's cart of new books, I think I actually squealed. The new entry will not disappoint fans of the series. In this outing, Piggie and Gerald are all pumped up to start playing outside, but a rainstorm appears to threaten their fun. Once again Willems somehow crams so much expression onto his character's very simple faces with Piggie carrying much of the dialogue this time. While there aren't as many laugh out loud moments in this When I saw the new Elephant and Piggie easy reader on our department's cart of new books, I think I actually squealed. The new entry will not disappoint fans of the series. In this outing, Piggie and Gerald are all pumped up to start playing outside, but a rainstorm appears to threaten their fun. Once again Willems somehow crams so much expression onto his character's very simple faces with Piggie carrying much of the dialogue this time. While there aren't as many laugh out loud moments in this story as in some of the other Elephant and Piggie readers, the sweetness of the story and the possiblities for acting it out make up for that fact. I can just see a room full of preschool children running, skipping and jumping with Piggie or you could put Are You Ready to Play Outside? with Rain Play by Cynthia Cotton and The Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell for a rain themed storytime. I can't wait to see what will be next for Elephant and Piggie.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura Mincey

    I love the Elephant and Piggie series! Willems does a fabulous job telling humorous stories about the unlikely friendship between an elephant and a pig who do silly things, and most often get a little confused :) In this book, Elephant and Piggie are just so excited about playing outside, until the unfortunate event of a rainstorm. The friends are so upset because they HATE the rain. However, as the story goes on, the two friends discover the rain can be fun to play in! Just as soon as they find I love the Elephant and Piggie series! Willems does a fabulous job telling humorous stories about the unlikely friendship between an elephant and a pig who do silly things, and most often get a little confused :) In this book, Elephant and Piggie are just so excited about playing outside, until the unfortunate event of a rainstorm. The friends are so upset because they HATE the rain. However, as the story goes on, the two friends discover the rain can be fun to play in! Just as soon as they find fun in playing in puddles and splashing around, the rain stops, and they are once again, dissatisfied with the weather. Elephant cheers up Piggy when he makes water blow out of his elephant trunk--his act shows great friendship because he makes Piggy happy. Young students will love this hilarious book about friendship with somebody who is different than you, but can help you out in times of need. I hope to own every book in this series :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angela Bailey

    Title / Author / Publication Date: Are you ready to play outside? / Mo Willems. / 2008. Genre: Fiction: Humor. Format: Easy Reader - print. Plot summary: "Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do" (MCPL). Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: friendship, rainy days, humor Review citation: "Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words them Title / Author / Publication Date: Are you ready to play outside? / Mo Willems. / 2008. Genre: Fiction: Humor. Format: Easy Reader - print. Plot summary: "Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do" (MCPL). Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: friendship, rainy days, humor Review citation: "Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words themselves are manageable for young readers, and these endearing and distinctly developed characters have great child appeal" (Neala Arnold in School Library Journal). Section source used to find the material: Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6 (9th Ed.) ALSC: (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Awards (2009 Award Winner) Recommended age: Ages 4 - 8.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Antoinette Evans

    The common thread of Are You Ready to Play Outside? is friendship. Despite the weather, the pig and elephant find ways to enjoy each other's company and companionship. This story can illustrate the joys of friendship for young readers. The story line is simplistic and the illustrations are bold and distinct. Therefore, this book should be appealing for early readers. The personification of animals entices younger readers into finding the silliness and fun that can be had by the characters. In ad The common thread of Are You Ready to Play Outside? is friendship. Despite the weather, the pig and elephant find ways to enjoy each other's company and companionship. This story can illustrate the joys of friendship for young readers. The story line is simplistic and the illustrations are bold and distinct. Therefore, this book should be appealing for early readers. The personification of animals entices younger readers into finding the silliness and fun that can be had by the characters. In addition, young readers can also relate to the characters by their relationship with their friends. The text is big and bold, which makes reading easier for early readers. In an aesthetic sense, Are You Ready to Play Outside? is a well illustrated story. The illustrators use of a charcoal-like material to sketch the rain is imaginative and gives depth and life to the story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    In contrast to another book I recently review "Good Dog, Aggie", this is the sort of book that shows what a great beginning reader can do. Simple dialog (with lots of repetition and large print), art that all but leaps off the page and two very distinct characters draw new readers in AND make adults giggle along with them. For once, the committee gave the award to the right book. Ted Geisel would have approved! In contrast to another book I recently review "Good Dog, Aggie", this is the sort of book that shows what a great beginning reader can do. Simple dialog (with lots of repetition and large print), art that all but leaps off the page and two very distinct characters draw new readers in AND make adults giggle along with them. For once, the committee gave the award to the right book. Ted Geisel would have approved!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a fun story and a great book for beginning readers. With just enough repetition in the narrative and just a sprinkling of "hard" words, this book is great for encouraging children to test out their reading skills. It's fun to read aloud (as are most of Mo Willems' stories), filled with fun dialogue and emotion. We've read this a few times. This is a fun story and a great book for beginning readers. With just enough repetition in the narrative and just a sprinkling of "hard" words, this book is great for encouraging children to test out their reading skills. It's fun to read aloud (as are most of Mo Willems' stories), filled with fun dialogue and emotion. We've read this a few times.

  27. 5 out of 5

    DivaDiane

    We have not read many Elephant and Piggie books, but they all seem wonderful for beginning readers. They are funny and cute and the illustrations while simple are uncluttered and help with comprehension enormously. After one reading together my son can "read" these books out loud word for word. He has a good memory for language, but the story is mad so clear by the illustrations that he is led along in reading. We have not read many Elephant and Piggie books, but they all seem wonderful for beginning readers. They are funny and cute and the illustrations while simple are uncluttered and help with comprehension enormously. After one reading together my son can "read" these books out loud word for word. He has a good memory for language, but the story is mad so clear by the illustrations that he is led along in reading.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Garden

    Whoah. Talk about a killer! This book has excitement, disappointment, sharing, giving, playing, and worms. 100% awesome.

  29. 5 out of 5

    C.A.

    Mo Willems has done it again! My personal favorite, a two page spread of an angry piggy. PRICELESS!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joe Bertelloni

    Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Easy Reader / Fiction Copyright Date: 2008 Estimate of age level of interest: K - 3 Estimate of reading level: Pre-Reader, Kindergarten Brief description: Piggie and Gerald are excited to play outside! Unfortunately, it starts to rain and Piggie gets upset. Gerald suggests that they can still play outside and have fun and Piggie starts having a great time. That is until it stops raining and Piggie wants it to rain again. Gerald solves this pro Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Easy Reader / Fiction Copyright Date: 2008 Estimate of age level of interest: K - 3 Estimate of reading level: Pre-Reader, Kindergarten Brief description: Piggie and Gerald are excited to play outside! Unfortunately, it starts to rain and Piggie gets upset. Gerald suggests that they can still play outside and have fun and Piggie starts having a great time. That is until it stops raining and Piggie wants it to rain again. Gerald solves this problem by showering him with water from his trunk. Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: Are You Ready to Play Outside? is an easy reader book that blends some aspects of a picture book (illustrations) with the increasing complexity of a book developed for an emergent reader. The book uses different colors (gray for Gerald, pink for Piggie, and brown for the worms) to differentiate speech between characters. The characters are drawn simply in a cartoonish way, with an emphasis on their facial and body movements giving readers insight into the character’s emotional state. The story is also more complexly written than a standard picture book. It has a lot of dialog between the two characters, with minimal repetition of phrases. In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience? Are You Ready to Play Outside? is great for early readers as they start to find fun and interesting books to spark their love of learning. The story is fun, the dialog is interesting, and the illustrations wonderfully serve the story. The lesson of finding fun in everything is a great moral for kids. Awards if any: ALA Notable Children's Books, 2009 Booklist (Nov 2008) Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Dec 2008) Horn Book Magazine (Jan 2009) School Library Journal (Dec 2008) Theodor Seuss Geisel Award 2009 Links to published reviews from professional sources e.g. ALA, Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ, etc. if any: Booklist (November 15, 2008 (Vol. 105, No. 6)) Horn Book Guide starred (April, 2009) School Library Journal (December 1, 2008)

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