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There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – July 31, 2007
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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"
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Few things make a parent prouder than hearing your child learn to read, except maybe when they finally get excited about it!
We are all now Mo Willems fans!
It was my first time reading anything by Mo Willems so I had no preconceived notions. What I found was very funny text on clean, simply illustrated pages without too many words on each page. YES!
My six-year-old son has been reading (self taught) since he was four, but normally there is too much stuff going on in books with lots of detailed, color spread pages. This title had the perfect balance of white space without too many words and an enjoyable story that didn't talk down to a child who favors this style of book.
I have never had him sit there and read through a whole book for me. He read this entire book and would have read it again. It felt like a miracle.
Perhaps it was.
Mo Willems, you have my heart. Sam and I will read more of your books!
This is a tough sell. Kids don't want to read "books" that are nothing but thinly done excuses for teaching "-at" words, or practicing their first Dolch list. They want to read literature! Not baby books! And you're holding them back! (And then they open up literature and get frustrated. You just can't win.)
Well, forget all that. Elephant and Piggie is your solution.
These books are definitely easy. They have few words, and a lot of repetition of the words they have. (They're told in (very funny) dialog, and for humor one character often repeats another's sentence verbatim. "There is a bird on your head." "There is a bird on my head???")
But they're also FUNNY. I'm a grown-up, I see these jokes telegraphed a mile away, and I still crack up reading them.
And the illustrations! Just enough to help the cautious reader... but not so detailed that the reader can depend entirely on them to tell the story. No, you have to read the words.
These books are wildly funny, and they're educational. Your kid will read them to tatters. What more can you ask?
My favorite part of this book has to be Piggie's tears when the eggs hatch. A[...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious. Gets young readers to preserve past words they don't know because they love the story so much. My 5 yo learned to read it to herself.Published 2 days ago by Be the Change You Wish to See
Elephant and Piggy books are our favorite! This book is cute and sweet and funny! Kids love to interact with the stories and have so much fun reading them over and over! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Easy Mommy
"There is a Bird on your Head" is one of my go-to presents for pre-schoolers and beginning readers. I buy this book few times a year for birthdays and such. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Dragonlady
Amazing book! My daughter struggles with reading especially with finding a book she's interested in. My daughter falls asleep each night reading this cute story. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Brandi
O.K., consider this exchange - "Is there a bird on my head? No. [take a beat] There are two birds on your head. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Pop Bop
I have more of these books in my cart now, after buying this one. It's adorable and hilarious. My 4 and 6 year old daughters love it!Published 1 month ago by MagnoliaMama23
My son came home from Kindergarten with an Elephant and Piggie book (My Friend is Sad) and we all laughed each time we read the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by 952Melanie