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Today I will fly! / by Mo Willems.

Willems, Mo. (Author).
Book Book (2007.)
Description: 57 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.
22 of 49 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 49 total copies.
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Beverly Farms Children's Beginning Reader Child Beginning Reader W (Text to Phone) Available -
Beverly Main Children's Beginning Reader Child Beginning Reader WIL (Text to Phone) Checked out 12/27/2017
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Gloucester Children's Readers Shelf J/E/ Willems (Grade K-1) (Text to Phone) Checked out 12/13/2017
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Lynn Children's Picture Books j7/Willems (Text to Phone) Long Overdue 09/26/2017
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  • ISBN: 1423102959 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9781423102953 (alk. paper)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: While Piggie is determined to fly, Elephant is skeptical, but when Piggie gets a little help from others, amazing things happen.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2007 April #1
    /*Starred Review*/ Graphic novel influences have reached into most areas of children's book publishing; here, they crop up in a classic genre-the friendship--duo easy reader-and chalk up yet another success for two-time Caldecott Honor winner Willems. The basic approach is familiar from Willems' previous books, especially Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003). It's as if each page were one frame of a comic strip, characters zip in and out of white space, proffer speech-bubble remarks, and express emotion through spot-on body language. Today I Will Fly juxtaposes Piggie's optimistic ambitions with stodgier Elephant's naysaying. There are also plenty of quirky details to reward repeated readings, including the charmingly incongruous mystery of Piggie's real name (Elephant's, we learn, is Gerald). Accessible, appealing, and full of authentic emotions about what makes friendships tick, this will put a contemporary shine on easy reader collections. Vying for their affections is that irrepressible pigeon, who, still utterly in character, finds his way onto the endpapers. ((Reviewed April 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2007 February #4

    Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! ) introduces two best friends in the paper-over-board Elephant & Piggie books: a naysaying gray bespectacled pachyderm and an optimistic pink porker, whose opposing temperaments serve as the bases for sparring and mutual understanding alike. When Piggie declares, "Today I Will Fly! ," Elephant responds, in Green Eggs and Ham fashion: "You will not fly today./ You will not fly tomorrow./ .../ You will never fly! " "I will try!" Piggie asserts. She gets assistance from a mock-ferocious bulldog, whose barking does help her to jump (but not fly), and an amiable pelican who demonstrates how friends can lend a hand (er, wing). Energetic Piggie dons a series of costumes (cowboy, clown, robot) to boost sulky Elephant's spirits in My Friend Is Sad . Elephant does not cheer up until Piggie shows up sans disguise: "I saw a cowboy !... But you were not there to see him! " Elephant laments. "I need my friends!" "You need new glasses...." Piggie whispers in an aside to readers, ending on a sly note. Willems treats each page (or spread) as one panel, so the action unfolds briskly against white backgrounds. He provides the emphatic dialogue in varying font sizes and keeps the design details simple but effective: Piggie's words appear in powdery rose-colored voice bubbles, Elephant's in pale blue-gray. Nevertheless, even inexperienced readers will not be busy long, whether or not they pause to chuckle at the dueling characters' changing facial expressions. Compared to Willems's more nuanced character studies, these episodes feel all too brief. Still, readers will likely clamor for more. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

    [Page 89]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2007 May

    K-Gr 3 –In these two easy-to-read books, Willems introduces two best friends. Gerald is a slightly stodgy, bespectacled elephant with a stumpy, downturned trunk. Piggie is more daring and whimsical, and, like many friends, the two complement one another. In My Friend Is Sad , Piggie tries hard to cheer her dejected friend. She disguises herself as a cowboy, clown, and a robot, but Gerald doesn't recognize her and is sad because she isn't there to enjoy the fun. Without missing a beat, Piggie points out that he needs new glasses. In Today I Will Fly , Piggie announces her intention to do so to her skeptical pal. In the end, though, Gerald is making adventurous plans of his own. With just a few tweaks of his expressive lines, Willems creates engaging characters. The stories move briskly, with a minimal word count and touches of whimsy throughout. Fans of the author's previous books should check the endpapers for a cameo appearance of his familiar pigeon. These simple, humorous stories will sound just the right note for beginning readers.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

    [Page 112]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Willems, Mo. "Today I will fly!." New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.

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