Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Get Mo Stuff


There is always a lot of chatter about summer reading lists and I love picking up tips from other folks. I just have to put in a major plug for Mo Willems. If you have an early reader Mo's books contain all the joy and whimsy of Seuss without the fatigue of so many pages.


Mo (I'm pretty sure he'd want me to call him Mo and not Mr. Willems) has written a number of children's books following his Emmy-award winning stint at Sesame Street. "Don't Let the Pigeon..." books are delightful and allow your toddler to shout out "NO!" with abandon. The "Knufflebunny" stories tell the tale of a girl and her lovey with delightful illustrations.

But my heart belongs to Gerald and Piggie. They are best friends despite and because of the fact that Gerald is a pragmatist and Piggie cannot surpress her joie de vivre. My early reader delights in their escapades and triumphs as he reads "the whole book."


He giggles with every reading and, I must admit, There's a Bird on Your Head is my favorite and sometimes I beg him to read it to me because I want to hear it.

18 comments:

pve design said...

....I beg him to read it to me because I want to hear it too.
pve

Anonymous said...

Agreed, Gerald and Piggie books make reading fun for little readers......(Seuss' tedious repetition gets to me....!)
Gerald and Piggie's antics remind me of James Marshall's "George and Martha" series - have your boys read those? They were my 3 early readers favorites.
For your older readers, a quintessential summer read is Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" Originally published in 1930.
I wanted to draw maps all summer long after I read it as a kid......Cheers, Alison

Shani said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Definitely adding Mo Willems to Jr.'s list.

Mary Kay Andrews said...

I love DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS, and just bought PIGEON WANTS A PUPPY for my newborn granddaughter!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - we have not read G & M, but I will pick some up at the library next trip. Thanks!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Shani - he'll love it and Mary Kay! Get Gerald and Piggie! The pigeon books are great and we love those, too, but when Gerald asks Piggie, "Why are they building a nest on my head?" (referring to the two birds) and she replies, "They are in love." it is giggles galore.

Mary said...

Oh, Thanks so much!!!!!I I have one new reader and one who will soon be a new reader (grandchildren) and these are great suggestions. Seuss gets a little old after a while (I never liked him as a child), but Mo Willems sounds fantastic.

Renovation Therapy said...

and did you know...Mo is super cute, too?

Mrs. Blandings said...

RT - um, yes, I had noticed that as well. I have a feeling you are going to tell me he's nice and funny, too.

balsamfir said...

New books for me. I'll add them to the christmas present pile.

Tracy said...

My early reader howls with laughter at Knufflebunny and I love the illustrations, especially the scene where the girls rush to meet each other in Washington Square.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

"Knufflebunny" and "Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct" are two favourites. Got to add your picks to the nightly line-up, thanks!

beachbungalow8 said...

the pigeon driving the bus, that's another good Mo one. We also love knufflebunny. Great illustrations.

Karen said...

Sounds like I have a niece who will be needing these books soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

Alicia said...

I love these books. I need a reading gift for a newbie & his titles never even ocurred to me. Thanks for the reminder.
I still have a soft spot for the old I Can Read books. Little Bear, Frog & Toad & Sammy the Seal...they use to show up at my house back in the Stone AGes aka 69-72..hard covers I still cant believe my mom gave away.

soodie :: said...

I -- as a total grown-up without kids :-[ -- have to run out and get this book!

Mrs. Limestone said...

I give Mo's Knufflebunny books to every child I know when they are born. Not only is a great book with lovely illustrastions but more importantly - the author uses my neighborhood as the backdrop so how can I not love it?? I sort of assume the author lives in my area but can't be sure.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Mrs. L - I'm pretty sure that Knufflebunny is based on a true story so I bet he does live in your neighborhood. I have always loved books as baby gifts and these are particularly good ones.