So this week I dove deeper into my reading challenge. I went straight to our public library to see what they had and to my surprise they only had 2 books that had won the Theodore Seuss Geisel award! Of the two that I checked out, one of the authors was Mo Willems. I did some research on the lovely internet about Mo Willems and he had numerous books that have won this particular award. I obviously did not find these Mo Willem’s books at our public library but I did find them online, so I took advantage of that and did an audio version of the other books by Mo Willems that had either been an honor book or won a medal for Theodore Seuss Geisel award.
This is the first book I read written by Cynthia Rylant, it was a 2015 honor book for the Theodore Seuss Geisel award, along with Waiting Is Not Easy! Mr. Putter and Tabby books are so adorable. They are a part of a series, so I plan on reading them all at some point. This book Mr. Putter decides to try something new with Tabby because they both like reading. They sign up for a new adventure doing reading with your pet time at the library. Mr. Putter invites his friend Mrs. Teaberry and her dog Zeke to sign up as well. Zeke likes new things so Mr. Putter is nervous but it turns out to be a great day reading at the library. I just really loved how the illustrations in this book were so animated and real looking. Arthur Howard is definitely an amazing illustrator.
So for anyone who is not familiar with Mo Willems, his books are about a pig and an elephant, Piggie and Gerald. A little bit of information regarding Mo Willems, he does all his own illustrations. Just a little bit more information, he began his whole career on Sesame Street as a writer and animator. I think I found my new favorite author/illustrator.
In no particular order these are the books I read/listened to, written AND illustrated by Mo Willems.
2013 Honor Book
2012 Honor Book
2014 Honor Book
2009 Medal Winner
2008 Medal Winner
2011 Honor Book
2015 Honor Book
I absolutely loved all these books. The way Mo Willems portrays the friendship between Piggie and Gerald is so realistic. They never change looks but their expressions change throughout each individual story and it makes reading them so much fun! He uses a lot of explanation points during the stories and Gerald or Piggie’s body portrays that excitement. If any of you ever get the chance to read these books please do! They are easy readers but that is what the Theodore Seuss Geisel award/honor books really focus on. Such a fun reading for the week!