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There is a Bird on Your Head! (Elephant & Piggie #4)

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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?

Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Disney-Hyperion (first published July 31st 2007)
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Oct 12, 2014 karen rated it really liked it
this book misses a five-star rating because i dont like the art in it, even though i usually love his art. however, im glad to see a childrens book that recognizes the evil of birds, and how arrogant and cruel they can be. the title alone gives me chills...
Dec 10, 2012 Donalyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-readers
I don't think you can truly appreciate the genius of this series until you read them with someone between 3-5 years old.
Oct 06, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it
Cracks me up! He's the new Dr. Seuss. Not said lightly.
Jul 20, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another book by one of our favorite authors, Mo Willems, and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner as well. Given to the most distinguished American book for beginner readers, the award fits this book, and this author, well. Easy to read (probably a level 1 reader), it is lovable by both young and old alike. Even my 3 yr old twins can follow the story and get a kick out of the exasperated expressions on the characters faces and the fact that there's a bird on the elephant's head. Even though my 5 ...more
Steve Kemple
Sep 13, 2011 Steve Kemple rated it it was amazing
Astounding in its portrayal of modern existence, There Is a Bird on Your Head is unparallelled by any other work in the western canon of literature. Willems asks the question "What does it mean to be human?" and answers with singular definitiveness to the extent that the former problem need never be pondered again. In it's shadow, all other canonical works—even those of Milton and Shakespeare—are rendered insignificant by Willems' resonant masterpiece. There Is a Bird on Your Head is a rare wate ...more
Amy Clinton
Oct 07, 2013 Amy Clinton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 642
This is a story about an Elephant who can not see all that is going on on his head. Two birds build a nest and lay eggs, which hatch, on top of his head.

This is a good book to teach repeition for early readers as well as refreshing counting in everyday situations.

I really like the enthusiasm this book shares through it's words. You can see when the Elephant is not happy and how when he asks for them to leave, and they do, he is so happy. (But the pig is not =) ).

The illustrations are simple, an
Hands down the funniest one I have read. And the niece agrees.
Jean O'Shea
Oct 30, 2008 Jean O'Shea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lis565
There Is a Bird on Your Head! is a story of honesty, finding the silver lining in everything and asserting yourself. The story is told in conversation bubbles between two friends: Elephant and Piggie. This picture book won the ALA Geisel Award for 2008. The Geisel Award is given annually to “the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States”.

This book caught me by surp
Ashley Adams
Nov 05, 2012 Ashley Adams rated it it was amazing
1. Picture Book- Controlled Vocabulary
2. This is a cute tale about Elephant and Piggie, and what enfolds when a pair of birds land on Gerald's head, and they hatch eggs!
3. Critique:
a. The most important component of this story that really stands out is the author's unique style. Willems uses bubble dialogues to narrate the story, which really builds the characters of Elephant and Piggie.
b.This hilarious book uses a specific style to create a funny story with simple, yet poignant text. Similar
Apr 25, 2010 Connie rated it it was amazing
Easy Readers are kinda a pain to deal with. You want to hold your kid's attention naturally (they won't want to read a boring book, and who can blame them?) while teaching them something, and you want them to want to read the book again. Reading a book more than once increases their understanding. (Plus, you probably don't have enough cash to buy enough books for your kid to read them each one time only.)

This is a tough sell. Kids don't want to read "books" that are nothing but thinly done excus
Oct 15, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
There Is a Bird on Your Head

1-Genre: Controlled Vocabulary

2-This is the story of two best friends Gerald and Piggie. Gerald cannot seem to shake away a bird that has made a home on his head. He leans to his best friend Piggie for help.

3-(a) The illustrations ability to depict mood
(b) Throughout this book there are simple sentences that each character says. The author/illustrator does a great job depicting the character meaning behind those sentences through the illustrations.
(c) For instance o
Sep 17, 2012 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Citation: There is a Bird on Your Head! By Mo Willems. (Hyperion, 2007). 57 p. Controlled vocabulary.

Summary: This book is part of the Elephant & Piggie series. Elephant and Piggie are best friends who share advice when Elephant is saddled with the problem of a family of birds nesting on his head. Through humorous dialogue, readers follow the friends as they come up with a way to relieve Elephant of the bird problem.

Critique: a) In each book in this series, Willems uses a cartoon-style text,
I will just give a generic review of this series.....We love them. They are so dang funny. It amazes me that with just a few pen strokes Willems can convey so many different emotions. The illustrations are hilarious and the story line is always entertaining. They are great books for reading out loud in dramatic ways. They're also great for kids wanting something to read on their own, or with a parent. Sometimes I'll read the Pig part (because I'm a girl) and my boys will read the Elephant part ( ...more
Amanda Lynch
Sep 12, 2015 Amanda Lynch rated it it was amazing
This was our first Elephant and Piggie book, and it is an easy read. My five year old loves to read it out loud to all of us. Gerald and Piggie never get old.
Katische Haberfield
What can I say. Hilarious. Again Angus was crying with laughter. Mo Willems just has a way that really really tickles his funny bones.
Janyre Tromp
Apr 22, 2015 Janyre Tromp rated it it was amazing
My son loves this series. Even my daughter, who's in 4th grade, laughs at these.
Mar 24, 2016 Jill rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Elephant & Piggie books.
Laura McLoughlin
Aug 14, 2015 Laura McLoughlin rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Elephant and Piggie books.
May 30, 2015 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Mo Willams is a genius and must be protected.
May 02, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
LUV the Piggy and Elephant series!
Katie Dangle
Title: There Is a Bird on Your Head!
Author: Mo Willems
Genre: Early Reader
Theme(s): Birds, Nature, Friendship, Cooperativeness
Opening line/sentence: Piggie!
Brief Book Summary: Elephant discovers there is a bird on the top of his head, which then turns out to be two birds. Piggie watches as these two birds fall in love creating more chaos on Elephants head as one bird lays its eggs! The eggs hatch and all Elephant wants is for them to be gone from the top of his head.
Professional Recommendation/
Ivy Wesner
Willems, Mo. There Is a Bird on Your Head! Hyperion Books for Children, 2007. 58 p. Gr. PreK-3.

Elephant feels as though there is something on his head. He yells for his friend Piggie to look what is on his head. He soon realizes that there is bird on his head. Elephant does not want this bird on his head. It soon flies away but returns with another bird. Both birds are now on Elephants head. Piggie tells Elephant that they are love birds. Soon the love birds build a nest and lay three eggs. Elep
Addie Lauver
Willems, M. There is a Bird on Your Head! Hyperion Books for Children, 2007. 57 pg. Gr. Pre-K-3
In the Theodore Geisel award winning book There is a Bird on Your Head, Gerald realizes that there is something on his head and yells PIGGIE! Then he asked Piggie if there is something on his head. Piggie casually says yes. There is a bird on your hear. Then Gerald says, there is a bird on my head? And then he screams!!! Which makes the bird go away for the moment but, then he returns and he brings ano
Feb 09, 2015 Colleen rated it really liked it
"There is a Bird on Your Head!" is a story about Piggie and Gerald. Gerald suddenly feels like there is something on his head. In fact, his head has birds sitting on it! First one bird, then two, and then a nest with eggs. Gerald feels stuck. He wants to get the birds off of his head. Piggie gives Gerald the idea to politely ask the birds to leave his head. Gerald asks nicely and the birds agree. Gerald is so happy but Piggie finds a nest on his head!

The theme of this book is to really use commu
Cassandra Kneblik
Oct 21, 2014 Cassandra Kneblik rated it really liked it
There is a Bird on Your Head!

In this quirky story featuring Gerald, an elephant, and Piggie, a pig, Gerald encounters an unexpected visitor on his head, a bird. Out of fear, Gerald scares the bird away and off his head, but returns with another bird friend. Soon enough, the love birds begin to make a nest and lay eggs using Gerald’s head as a stable platform. As Gerald struggles to cope with the dilemma of these two head-dwelling birds, intrigued, Piggie serves to keep Gerald informed of the unr
Sarah Wilbern
Sep 10, 2014 Sarah Wilbern rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Willems, M. (2007). There Is a Bird on Your Head! New York:Hyperion Books for Children.
Geisel Award.
I Can Read choice

This book was cute. The characters were an elephant and a pig. Two birds end up landing on the elephant's head and make a nest, lay eggs, and those egg's hatch. The baby birds start flying around. Through the process, elephant is getting upset and doesn't want the birds on his head. But, the pig is enjoying seeing the birds on the elephant's head. The elephants wants the birds to
Cierra Garrison
Feb 25, 2015 Cierra Garrison rated it it was amazing
I first picked this book up because of it's adorable illustrations. After reading it, I realized what a great book it would be to have handy in the classroom, especially in kindergarten or 1st grade. This is a story about a grumpy elephant, Gerald and his crazy and always energized best friend, Piggie. Unfortunately, a bird has come and landed on Geralds head and he is not happy about it. Throughout the story, Piggie tries to give Gerald advice on what to do to get it off, but he's not intereste ...more
Melissa Piesche
Sep 21, 2014 Melissa Piesche rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book by Mo Willems. I love his pigeon books so I thought I would read one of his Elephant and Piggie books too. I thought it was very good. It was about a Elephant and Pig who are friends. A bird (then two) land on the elephant's head and start to build a nest. Then they lay eggs and the eggs hatch. The elephant is getting very annoyed by this while the piggie thinks it's cute. The elephant asks the pig how to get the birds off his head and the pig tells the elephant to ask them t ...more
Madison Ryffel
Oct 23, 2014 Madison Ryffel rated it it was amazing
This book is about a pig named "Piggie" and an elephant named Gerald who are best friends. During the book, Piggie tells Gerald that there is something on his head. It was a bird. Throughout the story, the amount of birds on Gerald’s head starts to increase resulting in a nest with a family. This book was really well illustrated and showed a great variety of expressions as well as dialogue that was easy to follow. The theme of this book would be friendship. Throughout the series of events that w ...more
Dear Mo Willems,
Thank you so much for creating the funniest early reader books ever! I love hearing my daughter read them to me. But better than that, these Elephant and Piggie books, along with David Milgrims Otto books, are what made my daughter into a reader! These are the books that we check out from the library and she brings to me wanting to read them to me over and over again. And I don't get bored of hearing them. They make me giggle every time.
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early r
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