There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

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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 There Is a Bird On My Head!, Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her ...

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Overview

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 There Is a Bird On My Head!, Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend?

Winner of the 2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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From easy reader and chapter book series to epic fantasies, favorite characters, settings and story lines reemerge in new additions. Young readers will welcome the return of Mo Willems's pessimistic pachyderm and spirited pig. In There Is a Bird on Your Head! Gerald the elephant despairs over a family of birds that nests atop his cranium, while Piggie is delighted. And in I Am Invited to a Party! party expert Gerald helps Piggie prepare for all possibilities, as they get dressed for a fancy party, pool party and costume party-all at the same time.—PW

It helps to have a best friend when you run into trouble, whether it's the what-to-wear-to-a-party kind or the wildlife-on-your-head variety. Like the first two entries in this beginning reader series (My Friend Is Sad and Today I Will Fly!, rev. 5/07), each of these books features a simple story told entirely through speech balloons and Willems's emotive pig and elephant characters. The animated illustrations will help new readers decode tone and meaning while the spare dialogue enhances the pictures' slapstick humor. High-spirited Piggie has never been to a party; when she receives her first invitation, neurotic Gerald takes charge of their attire. "I know parties," he claims, but Piggie and young readers may have doubts about that when Gerald insists they dress for "a fancy pool costume party." In the end, Gerald proves to be savvier than he and Piggie look. In the second book, two "love birds" make a nest on Gerald's head. Cause enough for panic, but when their three eggs hatch (in record gestation time), hysteria ensues. Luckily, Piggie has a good head on her shoulders. The minimalism of both the text and the uncluttered pictures focuses readers' attention and moves the stories forward. Party on, Elephant & Piggie!—Horn Book

Beginning readers familiar with Willems's books will recognize his distinctive humor and illustrative style in these stories. When Piggie receives her first invitation to a party, she asks Gerald to join her and relies on his advice because he "knows" parties in order to prepare for the big event. The elephant, however, has a tendency to overanalyze, so he prepares them both for any contingency a fancy/pool/costume party. Piggie's expressive features show her questions about their attire, but the friends set off bedecked in flippers, masks, top hat, pearl earrings, cowboy hat, and evening dress. Imagine her surprise when they find all the other guests as lavishly overdressed as they are. In the second title, Gerald learns that there are worse things than a bird on your head, namely, two love birds, a nest, and three hatchlings. With the help of Piggie, he is finally able to ask them to move, but, as the final page reveals, they have become her problem. Both books use speech bubbles gray ones for Gerald, pink for Piggie to tell the entire story. This feature is a nice touch that facilitates paired/choral readings. The conversation between the friends flows smoothly and allows beginning readers to practice expression as they read. These appealing titles will tickle the funny bones of children and are sure to become favorites.—SLJ

Children's Literature
Having done a gaggle of Pigeons and a couple of Knufflebunnies, the prolific Mo Willems is now into his third easy-read book for 2007 featuring Elephant and Piggie. These two have a lot in common with Penguin in the way Willems manages to get a tremendous amount of expression into eyebrows and turns of the mouth in his just beyond stick figure drawings. So too this book shows his signature style by using very simple sentences and dialogue to build a story around an irresistibly absurd situation. “There is a bird on your head.” Piggie announces to Elephant who replies, “There is a bird on my head?” and runs off screaming. The story goes on with a series of statements turned into questions. New readers are likely to find reading this book an engaging way to show how punctuation can change the meaning; the expressions on the faces will make it easy for them to know just how to read with expression as well. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423106869
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 12,960
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems is the author of groundbreaking picture books, including; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor winner 2004); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor winner 2003); Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Time to Say "Please"!; Leonardo, the Terrible Monster; Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. He also wrote Today I will Fly! and My Friend Is Sad, the first books in this series.

In his previous life, Mo was a six-time Emmy Award winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    My 2 and 4 year olds love this book!

    My daughters love this book, as well as the other Elephant and Piggie Series. They think this book is very funny and it's one of their top bedtime story picks. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    I first introduced this book to my 3 yrd old by recommondation f

    I first introduced this book to my 3 yrd old by recommondation from the local library. He loves it, can't get enough of it. From there I have indroduced him to all of Mo Willems books. I highly suggest his books to any and all Pre-schooled aged children.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    A very special children's book!

    This is a children's book that the adults assisting the child will find just as entertaining as the child! The characters are engaging and the story will make you laugh. If you are reading to a child who is not yet beginning to read, two adults can read the book together with each adult taking a different role. If your child is beginning to read, the child can take one of the roles. And this book is ideal for a beginning reader. There are opportunities for a lot of childhood drama and expression in reading this story. For a good time for both child and adult, I highly recommend all the elephant and piggy books!

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    A great series!

    An adorable book about two friends. I like their interactions and dialog. This is my first experience with Mo Willems, but will no doubt purchase more of these books.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Cute book.

    My 27-month old was fascinated by the book, but isn't interested in "reading" it again, yet. He is crazy about elephants so I bought him several books with elephant characters - even though some, such as this one, are geared towards young readers. He was captivated by the pictures - although they are pretty simple.
    Personally, I am pleased with it and I look forward to the time when he will want to read it again.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    HIGHLY Recommend

    Another FANTASTIC Piggie and Elephant book! Wonderful facial expressions and cute story. Our 2 boys love pretending to be Piggie and Gerald while reading the story. Great beginner reader book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    GREAT BOOKS!!!

    My 5 year old just started kindergarten..every week he gets to bring a book home to read every night. all the books have been by mo willems, the elephant and piggie books. they are the best books i have ever read to him. he loves them. we read them 5 times a day for week. we laugh and read together. i recommend these books 100%.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2007

    Funny

    Elephant keeps having his head used by birds for landing and Piggie tries to help the problem. Toddlers and older will love this book and laugh.

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