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

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

by Mo Willems


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423106869
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 9,613
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mo Willems is the author of groundbreaking picture books, including; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor winner 2004); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor winner 2003); Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Time to Say "Please"!; Leonardo, the Terrible Monster; Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. He also wrote Today I will Fly! and My Friend Is Sad, the first books in this series.

In his previous life, Mo was a six-time Emmy Award-winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City . He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Elephant and Piggie Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
LaurenDoubleU on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q, 5PIn terms of quality, as a beginning reader book, it has all the necessary elements: easy-to-follow plot, large print, just enough of a challenge to not to be discouraging during individual reading, pleasing illustrations, and silly humor. As a fun series with likeable characters by a well-known and well-regarded author, it is likely to be popular with children and parents.
daisyacg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q 4PThe storyline is funny but clear and straightforward. The bold and large print with simple, repeating language makes this a good start for beginning readers in vocabulary development and reading comprehension. I think that the style of humor has fairly broad appeal but some children may not enjoy the illustration stylizations.
Ctorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q 5PSimple and easy to follow illustrations tell an entertaining and comical story of uninvited guests atop Elephant's head. Piggie's silly and farcical observations prompt the reader to join in the fun of watching the "lovebirds" make an unusually located home. A fun read that will entice many reluctant readers.
cbruiz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book, two love birds take shelter upon Elephant¿s head, building a nest and having chicks of their own. As his irritation grows steadily, Piggy watches, awe struck by the sentimentality of love. But, when elephant asks the kind pair to leave, they take refuge upon piggy¿s head. The artwork is good; the lack of background plays well, leaving the characters to standout in the midst of a blank page. The storyline continuity is good too, as it starts with one bird, to two birds, to their nest, to their eggs, and to their chicks, taking the reader gradually through until finality. I found the dialogue and storyline itself to be humorous and cute. The book as a whole brought a smile to face as I flipped through its pages, and would do the same for any child.
mmsharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good story about being pessimistic and or optimistic. The elephant and the pig do a great job defining who is who for these roles. I wasn't a huge fan of knuffle bunny by Mo Williams, but I loved this one. I think he's in line to be the next Dr Suess.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bird comes and builds a nest of Gerald's head. Piggie tries to provide support.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice little testament to the benefits of just asking for what you want.
kthartig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
there is a bird on your head is about an elephant and a pig. When elephant gets mad and doesn't want a bird on his head and asked the birds to go away but instead of flying away they go on Pigs head and then the story ends. It's for reading aloud to young children!!!!!!
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book in the delightful Elephant and Piggie series mad me laugh out loud. Although the reader must suspend disbelief to imagine birds can build a nest, lay eggs, and hatch them in only a few moments, the payoff of the humor is huge. A delightful story with inventive illustrations.
blufordgill2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really fun early reader that is a great read aloud. Elephant and piggie have become favorites in my house. Expressions and feelings are terrifically illustrated while keeping story simple.
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elephant has a bird on his head . . . 2 birds on his head . . . a nest and two birds . . . 3 eggs, a nest and 2 birds . . . 3 chicks, a nest and 2 birds. Elephant does NOT want 3 chicks, a nest and 2 birds on his head. Piggie helps him solve his problem.
keatkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of a dozen of charming early readers featuring the dynamic duo of Elephant (Gerald) and Piggie. The dialogue is simple, yet clever. The author's use of grey (for Gerald) and pink (for Piggie) speech balloons make this text easy for young children to read alone or with a partner. Many of the exchanges between the characters feature the repetition of familiar ocabulary and sentence structures, making this an excellent choice for a first reader.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elephant has a bird family move onto his head one piece at a time. Piggie helps him realize he just has to ask them to leave. Another funny tale of Elephant and Piggie. This series is really growing on me because I just love humor!
heby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love Elephant and Piggie? This is a popular collection in our house as my daughter loves to read them over and over and over again (age 6) and feel very confident about her reading. The font and expressions of the characters even allow her to read with lots of expression and get a good laugh too!
elenaazad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mo Willems definitely has a fun sense of humor, and it comes out it "There is a Bird on Your Head!" Gerald the Elephant and Piggie are good friends with very different personalities. One day when they are spending time together, Piggie notices that a bird has landed on Gerald's head. Shortly thereafter, this bird is joined bu another and they begin building a nest. Gerald doesn't know what to do about the situation. This picture book will lead to good laugh from any kid just beginning how to read, kindergarten and first-graders in particular. It's a funny story that slowly builds up excitement: what ridiculous thing will the birds do next on Gerald's head? The picture use many light and bright colors and feel very "open" when you look at them; like Ian Falconer with "Olivia" series, Willems work is sort of minimalist, emphasizing the characters' funny facial expressions.
VHLWYATT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great read aloud for early years students. Try reading speech balloons as a dialogue.
julieah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another entertaining story of Elephant and Piggie, There is a bird on your Head continues this amusing series. In this picture book, a bird lands on Elephant¿s head, where he panics in great fear. As the story continues, Piggie updates him with the happenings of the bird, even as a second bird lands and falls in love. The text and illustrations are fun but simple-almost cartoon like. The book is humorous, dramatic, and easy to read for young readers. This book would be great in an elementary classroom (grades K-3) for a fun read or even a read aloud because of Piggie and Elephant¿s expressiveness and reactions.
mbackes10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book for a read aloud! My first graders love to read this story on their own.
tlwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bird lands on Gerald the elephant's head and that's where trouble begins. Gerald freaks out as Piggy attempts to help out. Things go from bad to worse, but in the end a solution is reached. The humorous illustrations will keep the children laughing.
katitefft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a wonderful modern fantasy story because it is about the friendhsip between a funny, sentimental pig and serious, careful elephant. This story is great for beginning readers because the sentences are short and simple, and phrases are often repeated in the forms of questions and exclamations. Chidlren will find the contrast in personalities between the elephant and pig to be quite funny, especially as they solve the ridiculous problem of there being birds on the elephant's head.
my624persona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elephant has a problem: a bird is on his head making a home! Can he and pal Piggie solve the problem? Another charmer from celebrated author and illustrator Mo Willems. Willems' illustrations are deceptively simple-- the nuance he manages to create with just a few lines on an eyebrow or a wrinkle on a nose help young readers develop a sophisticated palate for emotional awareness. But of course, Elephant and Piggy give their fair share of big gags and bigger laughs. Color-coded speech and thought bubbles help new and pre-readers follow the words, and the pictures parallel and complement the text without any sense of redundancy. Very good for visual learners, for kids who like animation, and a great way to introduce young kids who don't like to read to the joys that books can bring.
PeterSinclair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations with word bubbles. I love the pig's face when he says "they're in love". The elephants reactions to the "straight man" pig are fun, and elicit a reaction. There is a Bird on Your Head has a funny ending, and helps kids to learn that they can ask when they get frustrated.
hwallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A humorous book about friendships and the development of birds going from eggs to full grown birds. The vocabulary used is a great tool for developing phoneme and motor skills.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When a bird lands on Gerald's head, he worries while Piggie narrates what is happening. As another one comes and they build a nest and hatch some eggs, the comedy continues. Delightful entry in this great picture book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughters love this book, as well as the other Elephant and Piggie Series. They think this book is very funny and it's one of their top bedtime story picks. Highly recommended!