Elephant & Piggie Banana Cupcakes & a ThankoRama Giveaway!


This post is in collaboration with Disney-Hyperion in support of Mo Willems new book, ThankoRama. 


I remember when I read my first Mo Willems book to my boys, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. My little guys kept bursting into giggles and I was equally as entertained. Mo Willems makes animal characters come alive with a simple, witty dialogue that breaks down the third wall of traditional children’s books. It’s just hard not to laugh when you read his books. 

The newest addition in the Elephant & Piggie series has Piggie attempting to thank everyone he possibly can. Elephant is sure he’ll forget someone important and attempts to remind him along the way. 


I love the message of kindness and gratefulness that is expressed in the book. Of course my little fellas love the silliness. 

Check out this preview for yourself-


Author Photo

Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).


Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.

Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.

Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.


I decided to make some Elephant & Piggie Banana Cupcakes with some tattoos that I received. These treats make for a nice snack for summer reading. Or they would even be perfect for an Elephant & Piggie themed party! As mentioned I already happened to have tattoos, but you can print out images of Elephant & Piggie to use as cupcake toppers as well. If you are having a party or would just like more interactive Elephant & Piggie goodness checkout the Thankorama site. Additionally here are the links to connect on Twitter & Instagram as well. 


The Banana Cupcakes recipe was super simple and my littlest loved placing Piggie & Elephant on top of each creation. I used a buttercream icing kit, but made the banana cupcakes from scratch. I’ve listed the recipe below for you to recreate! 


Banana Cupcakes
Yields 12
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231 calories
38 g
36 g
8 g
3 g
5 g
121 g
16513 g
20 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 231
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 36mg
Sodium 16513mg
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1 3/4 cup flour, dash of salt, 3 mashed bananas, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. Cream sugar and butter. Add egg. Fold in bananas. Add baking powder, salt and flour. Spoon into cups and bake. 350 degree oven.
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My middle son was inspired by Piggie’s commitment to thanks and offered up his thanks to our family as well:) Your kids can do the same! Just print out these pink and grey speech bubbles and let them express their thanks online as well. Grandma will be crazy happy when she sees her grandkids expressing thanks in a cute picture, easy Facebook win. Ha, ha:) 


One lucky Mama Report reader will win a Thankorama prize pack!

The prize pack will include:

  • Copy of The Thank You Book
  • Elephant & Piggie event kit & standee
  • 2 Elephant & Piggie tshirts

Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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  1. Angela W says

    No, I have never have read a Mo Willems book but looking forward to going to the book store and library to learn more about the books with my daughter.

  2. Vicki Wurgler says

    no I have not read any of these books

  3. We loved “I Broke My Trunk” and several other of Mo Willems’ books.

  4. Yes! My daughter and I have read most of Mo Willems’s books and LOVE them! It’s so hard to choose a favorite but I guess I would say Happy Pig Day! My daughter’s favorite is probably Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

  5. Colleen Maurina says

    No we have not read any Mo Willem’s books. I love the lesson in this book!

  6. Janet W. says

    Yes, we’ve read lots of Mo Willem’s books! The Pigeon Needs a Bath is our favorite!

  7. Kristen says

    I like The Pigeon Needs A Bath and Let’s Go For A Drive.

  8. Yes!! We love the Elephant and Piggie books. Always super cute!

  9. Jeanna Massman says

    My grandson and I are big fans of the Elephant & Piggie Books. We have read most of them but our favorite is We are in a Book!

  10. D SCHMIDT says

    We have read so many of the Elephant and Piggie books, we also love the Pigeon ones. I think our favorite is ‘Waiting is not Easy’

  11. Leigh Anne Borders says

    I am a school teacher and Mo Willems is one of my favorites. My students LOVE his books!

  12. Julee Murphy says

    I have been a Mo Willems fan since I first read Knufflebunny. My favorite Elephant and Piggie book is We Are in a Book and I laugh as much as kids do when the reader says Banana.

  13. I have seen them but haven’t read.

  14. Michelle C says

    My kids have always loved ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’.

  15. Cassandra Eastman says

    Yes! We own Let’s Go for a Drive! My kids LOVE it! They laugh the entire time I read it to them.

  16. Karla R. says

    I have not read one.

  17. Jennifer Rogers says

    No we have never had a Mo Willems book, but we sure would like to!

  18. Yes, my daughter loves the Pigeon books. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog is her favorite.

  19. We love We Are in a Book!

  20. courtney b says

    I have never read one of these books but they look amazing!

  21. Leigh Anne Borders says

    I am a school teacher and Mo Willems is one of my favorite authors. My students and personal kids love all the pigeon books!

  22. MJ Moore says

    My kids have “Knuffle Bunny” and several Piggie & Gerald books. My personal favorite is, “We Are in a Book!” 🙂

  23. Terri Irvin says

    We are Mo Willems fans in this house! We have read most of his books and loved all of them. “There is a Bird on Your head” is a favorite!

  24. Adrianne B says

    I love the Elephant and Piggie series, especially “We Are In A Book”

  25. Tabathia B says

    My daughter has but I can’t recall the name of the book

  26. Paol Trenny says

    Npeo, I have not read a Mo Willems book before.

  27. Yes. We love ‘ We Are In A Book!’

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