Listen to My Trumpet! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

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Disney-Hyperion, Feb 7, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages
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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 Listen to My Trumpet! Piggie can’t wait to play her new instrument for Gerald! But is she ready to listen to his reaction?

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This installment of the Piggie and Elephant (Gerald) series told and illustrated by Mo Willems focuses on Piggie, her new trumpet, and Gerald trying to be a kind friend. The book uses many poetic tools to help the young audience of this book understand the plot and characters of the book. A tool that Willems uses frequently in the text is alliteration or the repeating of a sound over and over again. An example of that is “Fr-ip! Br-ip! Vr-ip!”. This is alliteration because of the repeating sound of ‘ip’ at the end of each word. The use of this poetic tool helps the young readers of this series sound out words and read this book on their own. Another layer of the the text is the graphics. Willems use these to make the conversation of Piggie and Gerald more lifelike by using text font and size to add volume and mood to the story. One example is when Piggie says “BIG FINISH!’”. The font gets larger and is bolded when the book is being loud and smaller and lower case to make the text seem quiet. This reflects on Willems unique style of writing using an comic book like format. Another theme that recurs through the book is the use of personification of Piggie and Gerald. At one point in Piggie says “do you want to listen to my trumpet” this is personification because the author is making the main character, who is a pig, seem more intelligent by doing human like things. This helps the readers make connections with the text and relate to thing that might happen in their lives. The book Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems helps the young audience read, understand, and make connections by using poetic tools. BH 

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About the author (2012)

Mo Willems (, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as an Honor (for We Are in a Book!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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