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I am Invited to a Party! (Elephant & Piggie #3)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  3,889 ratings  ·  232 reviews
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 I Am Invited to a Party! Piggie is invited to her first party. She doesn't know what to wear, though, so she asks her best friend Elephant for help. Elephant's advice is odd to say the least, so Piggie will try on all
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Disney-Hyperion (first published July 31st 2007)
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Piggie is invited to a party and Gerald "knows parties", so he helps her choose an appropriate outfit!
The ending made me chuckle, and, come on, we have all been there, trying tons of outfits when we don't know hwat to expect :) !
Another wonderful Willems book that kept both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds fascinated. Not enough words to be even a reading level 1 book, Willems still has a way about him to bring the reader into his wonderful world. These books are ones my whole family loves. And a fellow friend on GR recently told me that the pigeon was hidden in each book and we now love to look for him too! Fun for all and a great addition to any children's library!
Laughed a lot with this one!
Easy Reader
For primary students

Piggie has been invited to a party, and her friend Gerald the elephant gives advice on how to get ready in this humorous beginning reader.

Mo Willems delivers on what every beginning reader wants and needs: simple but engaging text, with only a handful of words on each page, and a short but hilarious story line. The story is told through a combination of dialogue in speech balloons (Gerald's are gray and Piggie's are pale pink) and expressive illustrations that prov
Camilla Betty
This book made me laugh out loud! I loved the characters Elephant and Piggie, it has made me consider getting out the rest of the series!
Piggie gets an invite to a party and Gerald helps Piggie prepare for it as ‘he knows parties’.
This is a great introduction to reading with the added bonus of humour. The words Mo chooses are just enough to get the story across and engage the reader, and the pictures help convey emotions perfectly.
Katische Haberfield
I wish you could have seen Angus whilst I was reading this book. He was crying with laughter. Love love Mo Willems. The illustrations as always are fantastic and really convey emotion.
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Piggie is invited to a party. Gerald is not. Is Piggie breaking the party etiquette by assuming she has an implicit +1? Hopefully she was granted one, and this is spelled out within the invitation that Gerald looks over. Otherwise Gerald, despite knowing parties, misled Piggie to violate this social norm.

And really, who is part of this friend circle that invited Gerald but not Pigg
This book didn't go anywhere that I thought it would judging from the cover. And I liked where it went. I loved the party preparations. I loved the Party chanting. And the ending was silly but great.

10/29/14 Closing book for Halloween storytime. Them going to a party and dressing up in costume for it made it totally work! It was great!
Thu Nguyen
Another conversation between elephant and pig. They get all excited about the party. I love how they go crazily "Party, party, party, party!" and when they ask " what if" question. Children can learn to answer " what if" question.
This is a delightful beginners picture book. Pages often times have not more than two sentences, but the main characters are quite entertaining. In the book Piggie has been invited to a party and Elephant "knows parties" and helps her pick out her outfit. Piggie often times repeats, jokingly, what Elephant has said. Repetition in children's picture books is rarely entertaining, but Willem has found a very fun way to use repetition and make this book even more accessible to early readers.

This wou
Well, Gerald *does* know parties.... My niece and nephew loved this one, and they requested that I read it over and over. Can't give a better review than that.
When my daughter was a kindergartner, she came home one day and asked if we could go to the library and look for books by Mo Willems. I figured she meant something more like Maurice Williams, but no, she had it right. This was the first one I read with her, and I was as smitten as she was. I can't believe how much expressiveness and emotion Willems is able to convey in his simple, silly pictures. These are also amazing early readers--the kids naturally start reading along, each one choosing thei ...more
This book is constructed as a dialogue between an elephant and a pig about going to a party. The two prepare for a fancy pool costume party and they fit right in.

This book would be appropriate to share as a read aloud with children between birth and three years old. It would also be appropriate for children beginning to read between three and six years old. The text is simple and the speech bubbles will help children develop print awareness. The simple illustrations provide context and characte
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Willems, M. (2007). I am Invited to a Party. Disney-Hyperion

Starred review Kirkus Reviews 2007


The main character, Piggie, is invited to a party; however, she is worried because this is her first party. This book tells a simple story and its charm comes from the use of repetition. Young readers can follow along easily because they know what to expect. The illustrator places the characters on a white background so they pop against the page. By the end of the book, children will laugh at thos
Mark Baker
Piggie is invited to her very first party, and Gerald says he knows all about parties. But are his ideas right or not?

This is another fun and funny book in Mo’s Elephant and Piggie series. Things just get crazier as they go along until we hit the perfect ending. Once again, the words are easy to sound out and the illustrations add much to the humor of the story. Great for reading and rereading.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
I Am Invited to a Party! By Mo Willems. Hyperion Books for Children, 2007. 64 pages.

Series information: An Elephant & Piggie Book
Genre: Easy reader fiction
Recommended age level: Primary (4-8 years)
Subjects and Themes: trust, friendship

When Piggie receives an invitation to her first party, she is excited and anxious at the same time. What will she wear? What kind of party will it be? How will she prepare? Her friend Gerald, the self-proclaimed party expert, has plenty of advice for Piggie.

Teneka Howland
Kindergarten - 1st grade

Willems make excellent use of white space in this cute and comical piece. The simplicity of the book is welcoming and makes the young reader feel comfortable. The text is large and easy to read. The text is limited to three or four words per page. Some pages do not have any text at all, just funny pictures that engages the reader. Beginning readers will really be attracted to this book because of its lighthearted tone and repetition.

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Milica Cudina
We love, love, love Mo Willems and absolutely *all* of his characters. It's puzzling how he can revisit the same set of characters, use such sparse imagery, and never ever seem formulaic. We knew most of his Elephant-and-Piggie books by heart and would happily play out the dialogue while taking a walk ... happy days!

In this book the exuberant Piggie is invited to a party. But ... what kind of party? Read and see how Gerald and Piggie reinvent the whole concept of a PARTY!!!!
Becky B
Piggie is invited to a party, which is very exciting. BUT Piggie has never been to a party before. Gerald, thankfully, knows parties and is willing to go with Piggie to the party. But they must be ready! So they make sure to dress for every eventuality. After they are dressed for a formal-pool-costume party Gerald decides they are finally ready, and it surprisingly turns out...they are ready. (view spoiler) ...more
Ms. Reynolds' Class
We give this book 5 stars because the whole book is funny - every page! For example, Elephant says "we must be ready" and Piggie falls down with a funny face! All the pages have speech bubbles and all the words are in the speech bubbles. It's like real life! The speech bubbles are even colored so you know who is talking. Another reason we love this book is because it has a little surprise at the end. Read it to find out what happens to Piggie and Gerald the Elephant!
Christina Gouthro
I LOVE working in a children's library setting, and these books have made my days especially fun. The kids go absolutely Party-Wild-Bonkers when we read the 'Party! Party! Party! Party!' pages!

The books are clever, endearing and funny... and the illustrations are a crisp catalyst to transporting everyone in the room to the wonderful friendship adventures of Elephant and Piggie.

Thanks, Mo Willems.

Party! Party! Party! Party!
We just discovered the Elephant & Piggie series at the library and have checked out every one they have. They are a bit easy for my 7-year-old to read on his own, but he loves that they are easy enough that he can sit and read them to his younger brother without any adult help. The 5-yr-old thinks they are hilarious and has memorized several books. The two youngest act out the story lines during their play time.

My older boys (both 11) will read these on their own. Even I think they're hilari
Katlyn Britt
Piggie and Gerald once again make a smashing hit for themselves in this book "I am Invited to a Party!". In this hilarious book by Mo Willems, Piggie gets invited to her first ever party. She is excited to get invited to a party because she has never been to one, but is nervous because she doesn't know what to expect. Gerald just so happens to be a party expert and is fully prepared to help Piggie get ready and even go to the party himself. I love how Mo Willems makes Gerald out to be a knowledg ...more
Mo Willems is a genius. This is yet another hilarious Gerald and Piggie book. My kids, 5, 7, 10 find them very funny and I do too. The characters have great facial expressions which helps non-readers to interpret the story. I love the minimalist illustration style and the limited words. It makes them fun to read aloud.
Am I biased because this was officially the first book one of my boys read all by himself recently? Yup.

Regardless - it's classic Willems that's quick, fun and with the payoff of the (toddler-friendly) O. Henry twist ending. (But a lot better than Henry. Never was much a fan of his.)

This is one of the books my child brought home from the school library. This is the first year of library and I love seeing what he chooses. I have enjoyed reading some of this series on my own or for work, but these characters and short situation stories are great for kids. Party!
Sarah Sammis
I Am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems would make a nice companion book to Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan. Piggie has been invited to a party and asks Gerald to help her prepare. Fortunately Gerald knows parties!

Gerald goes through all the different possibilities for the party. It might be formal. It night be a costume party. It might be a swim party. Gerald and Piggie (though less enthusiastically) decide its best to prepared for every eventuality.

It's cute for its absurdity and even better
I'm pretty sure this book will go down in my personal 'book history' because of how darn cute and proud and animated my daughter was when she read it aloud. I think we read it multiple times per day for the 4 weeks we had it from the library. Mo Willems is genius!
Brianna Lanier
This book is about how Elephant and Piggie get ready for a party.
I was really disappointed in this book. It is my least favorite of the ones I have read this far.
An activity I would do: I would have the class write/design their own invitations to a party.
I honestly think this is my favorite Elephant & Piggie book (which is saying a lot). It's certainly the one I recommend the most, although that's partially cause it's the one we always have in stock.

Piggie gets invited to a party and she's never been to one before. Thankfully, Gerald knows parties. But what if it's a costume party? Or a pool party? Or a fancy pool costume party? THEY MUST BE READY!

Cute, fun and witty. Also, Elephant & Piggie books are my favorite recommendation for early
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