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There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2007
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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"
About the Author
- Publisher : Hyperion Books for Children; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1423106865
- ISBN-13 : 978-1423106869
- Reading age : 3 - 5 years
- Lexile measure : 210L
- Grade level : Preschool - Kindergarten
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.8 x 0.45 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only caveat is that readers of the Elephant and Piggie books need to know a certain number of sight words. (And before you jump down my throat about that, try explaining to your kid how to sound out "was," "have," or "said.")
All three of my kids loved reading these books over and over when they were learning to read, and neither my husband nor I minded hearing them as often as they wanted to read them. (Actually, the kids still get excited if they happen to run across them, and they're 7, 9, and 10 now.) Frankly, I've yet to meet anyone who DOESN'T like Gerald and Piggie.
What I really like about the stories is they have just 1-2 things on each page that a little one can stay focused on instead of being distracted or overstimulated by too many things to look at. The other thing I love is the expressions on the characters faces...they are so human like!
I have a 2 year old grandson that’ll actually sit still while I read the books and he’s learning to interact with what goes on in the stories. This story is adorable, I would recommend the collection!
Our all-time favorites are:
Watch Me Throw the Ball - I love the moral of the story where the most important thing is to have a good time, even if you're not a pro.
Can I Play Too? - love this one because it teaches you to think outside the box and make the most of what you have.
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I would disagree about the Other review about "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus". I really wasn't sure about that one either but it is hugely interactive for children and I imagine it would be a big hit for story time at nursery.
Children love books with short, sharp messages and this certainly fitted the criteria.
As I had already purchased the book before I knew exactly what I wanted and obviously got!!
Mo Willams books are excellent. Funny, informative and children love them but, thereagain, so do Grannies!!
Such good value for the fun they give!