A Big Guy Took My Ball!

Willems, Mo

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Big Guy Took My Ball!
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781423174912
Characteristics: 56 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 31, 2015
  • ksoles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After nineteen books and five Geisel honours, Elephant and Piggie have reemerged to star in another funny, perceptive tale. Soon after Piggie finds a new ball, her joy fizzles as the titular "big guy" comes and takes it away. Piggie's distress literally bowls Gerald over; when Gerald recovers, he storms off the page to confront the big guy.

The big guy finally emerges - a land-going whale who appreciates the return of his "little ball" before lamenting that no one will play with him because of his size: "LITTLE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN." Mo Willems's lesson regarding false assumptions unfurls thanks to his usual command of pacing; he spaces jokes so as to keep readers giggling and turning pages and his speech bubbles overlap and vary appropriately in size. Yet another hit with kids and adults alike!

Aug 24, 2014
  • kristinschmid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mo Willems is an excellent children's lit author. This title is one of the best Elephant and Piggie books. I love discussing this with my kindergarten classes. You can talk about the social and relationship problems (and solutions!) as well as the concepts of print and reading strategies. I love discussing how reading express words written in large print vs. small print, colour of speech bubble, what speech bubbles are, and patterns in Mo Willems books (almost always a surprise or unexpected ending). The books are so simple and hilarious that I found my kindergarten students reading them at any spare moment they had! "I Love My New Toy" is another excellent book in this series.

Aug 20, 2014
  • kimrae rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic. Mo Willems does it again. A new friend is introduced in this book, which is awesome. A good laugh.

Aug 14, 2014
  • LPL_MichaelB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another Mo Willems classic. Elephant and Piggy books are hilarious, very simple to read, and have plenty of Kindergarten and First grade sight words.

Jun 25, 2013

Mo Willems never disappoints! Another excellent book about how children react to their circumstances, how friends support them, and how together they can make each other (and others) feel better. Lots of lessons...empathy, sticking up for your friends, etc.

Jun 19, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My love affair with eyeballs drawn by Mo Willems continues.


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May 10, 2014
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Dec 02, 2013
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Aug 27, 2013
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