Title: I Am Invited to a Party (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Author & Illustrator: Mo Willems
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Word Count: 154 (approximately)
Summary: It’s Piggie’s first party, and she doesn’t know what to expect. Good thing Gerald is there to help her get ready.
I’m going to keep this post short and sweet – just like the book it’s based on. Despite its short word count, this book is a great example of Patterns. Willems uses the Rule of Three as Gerald helps Piggie get dressed. The book sets up a scene and repeats it three times.
After the initial invitation, Piggie and Gerald frolic and cheer (“Party!”) Three times, Gerald interrupts their pre-party celebration to suggest a change of clothes because they “must be ready.” Three times, they comment on how Gerald “knows parties.” And three times they “zip” off to get changed, until finally they are ready to see if they’re dressed appropriately for the party.
The story is cute, and my kids love seeing what Piggie and Gerald are going to put on next. The repetition keeps us flipping the pages, until the final quirky finish (you’ll have to read it to see).