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 2Beginning 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 advicebecause he "knows" partiesin order to prepare for the big event. The elephant, however, has a tendency to overanalyze, so he prepares them both for any contingencya 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 bubblesgray ones for Gerald, pink for Piggieto 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.

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.

Mo Willems

LeUyen Pham is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Gracefor President by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberryby Julianne Moore and God's Dreamby Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pham has also written and illustrated her own works, including All the Things I Love About Youand Big Sister, Little Sister. A former animator for DreamWorks, shelives with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles.

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2007
Elephant & Piggie
Age Range
4 - 8 years
Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss)
Winner 2008
Delaware Diamonds Award
Nominee 2009
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2008
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Nominee 2010
Charlotte Award
Winner 2010

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