Waiting Is Not Easy! An Elephant & Piggie Book

Book review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Giggly series installment taps into common kid frustration.

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Educational Value

Offers a humorous way for kids to talk through a common frustration. And you can talk with very young kids about why stars come out at night and why the sun appears to rise in the morning. Also, drawings of Elephant and Piggie offer exaggerated expressions, a good tool to help kids with social delays decipher what the characters are feeling.

Positive Messages

A positive reminder that waiting may not be easy and can even be very frustrating -- but also can be very worth it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Piggie and Elephant are good, caring friends in all their stories. Here, Piggie insists on keeping his surprise and teaches Elephant a lesson about waiting in the process.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Waiting Is Not Easy! is another spirited installment in Mo Willems' award-winning Elephant & Piggie series for beginning readers. Like I Am a Frog, it's a straightforward lesson with a small surprise at the end, delving less deeply than usual into the two mismatched characters' endearing friendship. Still, it's a humorous lesson for kids often frustrated by waiting and what kinds of rewards waiting can bring. As in the other Elephant & Piggie books, the story's told in conversation bubbles and in the exaggerated expressions of the animal characters, making it easy for parents of kids with social delays to explore conversation tools and feelings.

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Kid, 12 years old May 2, 2020

Nice Little Book to Read.

This was a book I read in 2nd grade. I don’t have much to say about it, but it is definetely very cute. Like the other review said, it also teaches preschoolers... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2018

Teaches preschoolers the importance of patience

Elephant and Piggie is an adorable book. Even though it's a children's series targeted towards preschoolers and kindergarteners, it's a powerful... Continue reading

What's the story?

Piggie has a surprise for Elephant. But ... he'll have to wait. Elephant tries to be patient, but his laments get louder and louder ("GROAN!") until he can't take it anymore, especially when it starts to get dark outside and he worries that he won't even be able to see Piggie's surprise. Piggie finally tells him to look up in the dark sky. That's when Elephant, sharing a moment of awe and wonder with his best friend, realizes all the waiting was well worth it.

Is it any good?

The title alone automatically connects with kids: WAITING IS NOT EASY! -- especially in Elephant's case, where you have no idea what you're even waiting for. Elephant gets to moan and complain in all capital letters, and kids will adore the chance to shout out "GROAN!" Mostly because that's not the behavior most parents allow while waiting at the post office or in line at the grocery store. Let out those loud Elephant groans as you rush through the pages, new readers, and enjoy the awesome surprise at the end -- while your adult listeners gently remind you that Piggie is right: There are plenty of things worth waiting for.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about waiting. Is it ever easy? What can you do to make it easier?

  • Did you like the surprise at the end? Did you notice the pages of the book getting darker before Elephant did?

  • What's your favorite Elephant & Piggie book? Why?

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