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I Am Invited to a Party!
I Am Invited to a Party!
by Mo Willems

In I Am Invited to a Party! Piggie is invited to her first party. She doesn't know what to wear, though, so she asks her best friend Elephant for help. Elephant's advice is odd to say the least, so Piggie will try on all sorts of zany outfits before finally arriving at the party for a hilarious surprise.

Age: 3 Year-olds | Title: I Am Invited to a Party!  |  Author: Mo Willems  |  Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

In I Am Invited to a Party! Piggie is invited to her first party. She doesn't know what to wear, though, so she asks her best friend Elephant for help. Elephant's advice is odd to say the least, so Piggie will try on all sorts of zany outfits before finally arriving at the party for a hilarious surprise.

Join Gerald the elephant and Piggie for one of the most ridiculous parties you've ever attended! Another book in the hilarious Elephant & Piggie series, the Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children, I Am Invited to a Party uses the simple drawings with only a handful of color, necessary details, and no backgrounds that are traditional for this series. Piggie and Gerald's personalities fill the page so much that backgrounds and added color are not needed - or noticed - in their absence. The story is told through short dialogue exchanges between Piggie and Gerald, all in dialogue bubbles above their heads. Repetition of the word 'party' and Gerald's insistence that, "I know parties" makes it easy for your child to join in the fun of singing "Party!" and dancing around with the two main characters.

Humor is easy to find on every page and will keep your child interested and engaged. Piggie and Gerald wear their hearts on their sleeves as usual, never leaving you wondering what they are thinking or feelings. Piggie cannot contain himself when he first receives his party invite, dancing around, shouting, twirling side-to-side, and his eyes become as big as moons when he looses himself in the thought of how fun the party will be. Gerald gets excited as well and is quickly dubbed the party expert. Every time he suggests a new type of party it could be, "What if it's a pool party?...What if it's a fancy party?", he and Piggie zip off the page and return on the next page with the appropriate additions to their attire. By the end, they are in a tuxedo and ball gown, with an inner tube and arm floats, topped off by a cape and a cowboy hat! Your child will love the silly costumes and may want to add their own to the mix.

My niece, Emily, is a huge fan of the whole Elephant and Piggie series. The first time we read through this I kept having her guess what type of party Piggie was invited to. She settled on birthday party, and was surprised at the end. So was I! I asked Emily if she's even been to a party, and she said "just a birthday party. But there was cake. It was fun!" I remember when 'cake' was my only qualification for a party to be 'good' too.

--Audra

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