It would be irresponsible to talk about children’s books without covering Mo Willems. Willems is such a known entity for young readers that in this book, his own last name is behind one of his beloved characters.
“We Are in a Book” is from the Elephant and Piggie series, but for the youngest readers, each book stands up perfectly well on its own. In this book, Elephant and Piggie realize they’re being read, play a quick practical joke and then ask the readers to read them again soon. It’s simple and brilliant, though mileage may vary.
My toddler loves this book. Like, really, really, really loves it. He requests it all the time and when we get to the “Banana!” page, he can’t stop laughing.
That said, my friend with an older child says this book is a trap. Older readers may relentlessly ask parents to explain this book, which plays with the concept of fiction and the fourth wall in a way that may boggle some young brains.
But we’re not there yet. We still love this book. And hopefully your family will too.
Grown Up Stars: 5/5
Kid Stars: 5/5