Mo Willems. While some children may not know his name, they are much more likely to recognize a few of his titles, namely titles having to do with pigeons, pigs, and elephants. Mo Willems’s children’s book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale are a popular selling titles, and his titles featuring the comical Gerald the Elephant and Piggie are quickly catching up. Willems not only writes his own works, but illustrates them as well, giving just the right touch to whatever may be happening on the page.
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! Brings Gerald the Elephant and Piggie to the forefront yet again, only this time with a very intriguing problem. Gerald keeps on sneezing. The tissues are piling up around him and he has no idea what the problem might be. Then he realizes that cheery Piggie is always around. Perhaps the problem lies with him. Suddenly Gerald believes he has the answer—he must be allergic to Piggie. The only answer is to stay away from him. But the two are best friends, so how will that be possible? Gerald is worried this might have to last forever. Will they really have to stay apart? Is it really Piggie causing Gerald’s sniffly-sneezy problems?
As usual, Mo Willems uses the power of blank white space to bring Gerald and his best buddy to the forefront. It’s great fun to watch Piggie bounce over the pages, calling to his friend. Kids will feel sorry for poor Gerald. He sits on the floor, surrounded with tissues and looking quite miserable. The end ought to receive plenty of laughs, and on the final pages, children acquainted with the famous Knuffle Bunny will notice a little something familiar tucked under Piggie’s arm…
Great for reading any time, day or night, this title goes well with other Mo Willems books. Children ages 4 through 8 will snap them up like cookies. Indeed, it’s no small wonder that Willems has received Caldecott Honor awards three times throughout his book writing career. Children will eagerly await his next title.