Pros: Soft, adorable, beloved characters
My oldest daughter is almost five years old, and she loves the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. This is a wonderful series of books for beginning readers. The two main characters are an elephant and a pig. Shocking, isn’t it? The two characters are very different: Gerald the elephant is cautious and tends to overreact, but Piggie is outgoing and likes to jump right into the action.
Despite their differences, Gerald and Piggie are friends. The books are absolutely hilarious; in one story, Gerald goes back and forth with himself about sharing an ice cream with Piggie while his cone drips onto the ground. In another story, Gerald becomes convinced that his sneezing is due to a pig allergy and not the common cold. Comedy gold, I tell you!
I found the Elephant and Piggie plush set on Amazon. I was looking for a list of the books to request more from the library, when I stumbled upon the set. I ordered it for my daughter, and she was very pleased when they arrived. She loves snuggling with these plush dolls, and she loves to read the stories when we are holding the dolls, and act out the scenes.
The Elephant and Piggie plush set is made by Yottoy, a company that seems to make all of the Mo Willems plush toys, as well as plush versions of other beloved literary characters.
I love that Elephant and Piggie are sold in a set. Although Elephant is described as being 7 inches, he is actually closer to 10 inches tall from head to foot. Piggie is described as 5 inches tall, and this is accurate. It’s only fitting that an elephant would be more than two inches bigger than a pig!
Both characters look exactly like their literary counterparts. Gerald is grey, and he is “wearing” his glasses. They are part of his face and are not a removable accessory, but they are there nonetheless. Piggie is pink, and she is also wearing something- a huge grin. Piggie is usually smiling and upbeat in the stories, so it’s just perfect that her plush avatar is smiling.
Both characters are a soft and snuggly chenille material. They are mostly stuffed with fluff, but there are some beans to give them a bit of weight and help them sit. Gerald has a tiny Velcro strap on his side, and Piggie has a loop on her side, so they can be joined together.
The tag recommends that Elephant and Piggie be surface washed only. The tag also says that the plushes are appropriate for children “0 and up”.
I would recommend the Elephant and Piggie plush doll set. Although these dolls are suitable for children of all ages, the books are best suited for older preschoolers through early elementary. I think this set is more special and fun if the recipient is familiar with Elephant and Piggie books. If you are a fan of the Elephant and Piggie books, this is a must-have. It’s so much fun to act out the stories with the plush dolls. If you are buying this as a gift, perhaps you could purchase some of the books to go along with the plush set. We just love our Elephant and Piggie plush set!