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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[...]
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We buy this series for all of the pre-school through second grade children in the family, and they all love the books. There Is a Bird On Your Head is no exception. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mimi J
My family LOVES Mo Willems! My 5-year-old owns every single Elephant & Piggie book and this one is her absolute favorite. (And my favorite to read to her. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Kelly
Baby like books? Baby also love chewing on them? Perfect solution! My six month old is very hands on looking at books and this is surviving his wrath wonderfully. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marc Baker
Kiddo loves this book (she's almost 3 but a bit behind in language). Had to return the library copy so we bought one of our own!Published 1 month ago by Hedwall
My kids absolutely love these books and I love reading to them. My son likes to read Elephant and I read the Piggie part. It is a blast.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My son laughed at the gag on the last page. He loved the counting of the eggs. Quite fun to read to him.Published 1 month ago by Michael R. Beneke
Our librarian recommended us (my almost 5 uears old son and I) this book, she said it was her favorite. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wife and mom