The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
Release Date: May 3, 2016
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.
Everyone is getting a big thank you from Piggie and I mean everyone. All the animals featured in the other twenty-four Piggie & Elephants and even some that are not (how did Pigeon get thanked?!). But there is one person that Piggie is forgetting. It's not the frog. Or the flies. It's not even Gerald, although Piggie does almost forget. No, Piggie and Elephant want to thank YOU. The reader.
Rumor has it that this is the last Piggie and Elephant book to be done by Mo Willems who is now handing it off to another writer and illustrator. Even without this knowledge, this book actually made me tear up. It really felt personal, as if they, and by extension, the author was thanking me for reading their books. Included in the book is a Thank You placard for children (or adults) to place on their shelves. (I imagine this will get lost with a library copy rather quickly) For those who have journeyed with Elephant and Piggie it feels like the right kind of send off for an author whose books have made me laugh so hard that I have cried.
Thank You, Mo Willems. And Thank You Elephant and Piggie!