Are You Ready to Play Outside?
By Mo Willems
Willems has created a masterpiece for beginning readers that is simply told through the use of dialogue, which melds perfectly with uncluttered pink and grey cartoon-style illustrations. Aside from the friendship theme that appears throughout Willems' work, he continues to create astonishing emotional depth using the simplest of facial expressions on his characters. “Are You Ready to Play Outside?”tracks Piggie's changing feelings about rainy weather and Gerald's heroic efforts to help her grapple with her disappointments in a satisfying story arc.