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I Am Invited to a Party! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – July 31, 2007
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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"
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"
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This book is so hot in my K/1 class that I ordered 4 more. Several of my students take copies of this and the other Elephant and Piggie books home to read and reread every night. Parents have written notes in the home reading logs that their kids read in animated voices and thoroughly enjoy every minute of the book together. I've already preordered the next two Elephant and Piggie books for my classroom. Mo Willems may be the next Dr. Seuss in emergent reader excitement.
In kindergarten, my son picked up reading with ease. By the end he was freakishly excellent at reading and testing four grades ahead of his own. Enter next in line, sister. In kindergarten, she is a regular kid and reading comes to her at the usual speed. This would be fine if she hadn't already been reading with brother super-reader, setting her expectations unreasonably high for herself. My kids and I have been reading before bed every night since they were born, and since becoming old enough, the three of us together, every night. My daughter was keenly aware of her brother's reading development as he had taken over the duties from me. As my daughter began to read, the requirement from school was for her to read at home. Her experience was quickly becoming a very negative one as she would struggle with every word, and her brother would become impatient and want to help, further frustrating her... and on it went every night. She was exhausted and frustrated by the end of 10min. I feared she would end up like me - never reading a book unless assigned in school, until her brother was born, because I read so slow and couldn't keep up with my own attn. span. I also recognized that the books for her reading level contained many words that were above her abilities, not real words (further confusing things) and frankly, above the reading level of the target audience.Read more ›
The Elephant and Piggie series, in general, is more simplistic than the Pigeon books. This is a good thing because they are appropriate for very early readers and I know my daughter will be able to pick these up and read them on her own long before she'll be able to tackle the pigeon. However, this by no means is meant to imply that they are inferior. Like the pigeon, these books have very simple but cute and endearing drawings as well as funny and interesting stories.
I Am Invited to a Party is a book with which my daughter can easily relate. Piggie is elated when she receives her invitation and celebrates in the style of most pre-schoolers. However, Gerald feels that he needs to educate her in party etiquette and this is where the story really takes off. Gerald poses several party-style scenarios to Piggie and helps her to dress appropriately for each one. My daughter has a lot of fun looking at Piggie's formal party outfit, her beach party outfit, etc. Though the drawings are basically simple, there are also fun details such as the dangling earrings that Piggie is wearing with her evening gown. We have a lot of fun pointing out these details and giggling over them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delightful Mo Willems book. BUT DO NOT BUY USED BOOKS FROM ORION LLC in Lexington KY. This book arrived labeled a "discard" from a public library. Libraries sell books. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is classic Elephant and Piggie. It captures their humor and is quick-paced enough for my three year old to be able to sit through it again and again.Published 5 days ago by Kimberly Watson
My daughter loves these books, she's 6. They are very easy books which kids can read. And they have cute story lines 😊Published 17 days ago by Gabbie
My, just turned 6 year old, Granddaughter loves these books. She found them initially at her school library and wanted her own for her birthday. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Loving Florida!
SUMMARY: Piggie is invited to a party. But she is worried because she has never been to a party before. She asks Elephant to come. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sunshine on a Rainy Day