Funny Stories for Kids: Elephant and Piggie: Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Funny stories for kids are a must-have in any child’s book collection. Elephant and Piggie: Are You Ready to Play Outside? is one of Reading Kingdom’s recommended reads. Melissa Gaynor from Sweet on Books explains why:

“What You Need to Know:

• This is a brilliantly conceived new learn to read series by the author of the Pigeon books (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus).
• Willem’s deft illustrations, the way they convey exactly what the character is feeling without need for words, really, are nothing short of genius.
• Your young reader should be able to read it by themselves after only a few shared readings, the picture clues and vocabulary choice and repetition are that good.
• Are You Ready to Play Outside is bursting with humor, hilarity and friendship lessons that children will understand readily.
• This book has been nominated for a 2009 Cybil Award.
• For all those pigeons fans out there, check out the endpapers (the inside, back cover of the books).


The main characters are a little, optimisic, free-spirited pig named Piggie and a rather pessimistic, droll, rule-following elephant named Gerald.  Are You Ready to Play Outside? really showcases each character’s delightful personalities. In this adventure, Piggie can’t WAIT to play outside with Gerald. As they are all ready to go, it begins to rain. Piggie can’t STAND the rain, until she notices the worms are thoroughly enjoying the rain, so she and Gerald will, too. And just as they begin to have a great time in the rain, it STOPS! But Gerald, being the kind friend and caretaker to Piggie that he is, fixes it so Piggie doesn’t have to go without rain. Willem’s really gives Piggie the starring role in this adventure, in all her cheerful exuberance! A must read.

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