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

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Elephant & Piggie)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
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?

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

K-Gr 2 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. Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publisher's Weekly

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.

Review quotes

This book is awesome because it´ a great book.

It´s a funny book.

This book is awesome because it´ a great book.

It´s a funny book.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date
September 20, 2007
Elephant & Piggie
BISAC categories
JUV002040 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Birds
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002200 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pigs
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV002080 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
Library of Congress categories
Gerald (Fictitious character: Willems)
Piggie (Fictitious character: Willems)
Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss)
Winner 2008 - 2008
Delaware Diamonds Award
Nominee 2008 - 2009
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2008 - 2008
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Nominee 2010 - 2010
Charlotte Award
Winner 2010 - 2010

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