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There Is A Bird On Your Head! (Elephant & Piggie #4)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  5,240 ratings  ·  493 reviews
In There Is a Bird on Your 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?
Published (first published July 31st 2007)
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karen
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...
Cheryl
Wow. This is my first Elephant and Piggie book, but it won't be my last. If they're ever in at the library, or I decide to make a special request - they're popular and always checked out! I was sure I'd like it cuz I'm such a fan of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, but I didn't realize just how talented Willems is. Excellent for Beginning Readers. Amazing how the animals expressions can be captured with such succinct drawings, and how such a re-readably rich ...more
midnightfaerie
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
Donalyn
I don't think you can truly appreciate the genius of this series until you read them with someone between 3-5 years old.
Cathy
Cracks me up! He's the new Dr. Seuss. Not said lightly.
Amy Clinton
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
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Jean O'Shea
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”. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/als...

This book caught me by surp
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Ashley Adams
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
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Connie
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
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Laura
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
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Caitlin
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,
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Heather
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
Steve Kemple
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
Cassandra Kneblik
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
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Sarah Wilbern
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
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Melissa Piesche
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
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
Josephine
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.
Sincerely,
Josie
Irina Ryabyy
There is a bird on your head! By Mo Willems is a super cute story about an elephant and a pig. In the story, the elephant is told that there is a bird on his head by his friend, the piggy. Elephant becomes confused about why there is a bird on his head and becomes angry. Before long, however, there is no longer 1 bird, but 2. But the story becomes even more interesting when the two birds happen to be love birds and make a nest on his head. The eggs hatch, and elephant is really upset because he ...more
Bonnie Ferrante
It is very difficult to find an early reading book that can hold a child’s interest. Mo Willems rivals Dr. Suess in a charming sense of fun. His book does not rhyme, but instead has a single sentence, sometimes a single word, on each page. The vocabulary could be handled by children in early first grade. It is a large book, at 57 pages, but a quick read.

It is the story of an elephant to has an unwanted bird, which expands to be two birds and a nest, on his head. The birds, elephant, and pig are
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Cari Williams
There is a Bird on Your Head is a very funny and entertaining story of an elephant and his friend who is a pig. The elephant ends up having a bird on his head and the pig is the one telling him so. He sees it and is not happy because he doesn't want the bird there. All throughout he is saying how he doesn't want the bird there and asks the bird to leave. But before the bird leaves another one comes along and they end up making a nest on the elephants head. This story is very cute and funny, and ...more
Sarah Bennett
This book has two main characters: a pig named "Piggie" and an elephant named "Gerald." A bird flies onto Gerald's head and he is very surprised about it! Gerald asks a series of questions about the bird on his head and Piggie gives descriptive answers. The simple illustrations in the book do a great job in assisting the dialogue between the characters. The reader can easily add the appropriate emotions and imagery because the spacing and pictures help tell the story. The overall mood of the boo ...more
Lain
I'm pretty picky about children's books. I want great illustrations, a unique (hopefully humorous!) storyline, and kid-friendly text. Mo Willems delivers again and again! We all were thrilled to dicover the Elephant and Piggie series. Great fun for emerging readers and listeners alike.
Jason Roop
Willems, M. (2007). There Is a Bird on Your Head! New York:Hyperion Books for Children.

Category: Choice (Geisel Award)

A book that young children will appreciate due to the humor presented. The two character an elephant and a pig converse about birds who have made a home on the elephants head. The conversation leads to the elephants asking the birds to move off his head and it works, well for one of the characters. The illustrations in the book are simple, but well done. The illustrations do not
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Jasmine Tucker
This hilarious book is about an Elephant and Piggie who seem to be close friends, that have an adventure with birds. Two love birds landed on the elephants head, and the elephant tried everything to get them off of his head. More and more things kept happening with the birds on the elephant's head, and he kept asking Piggie for advice but nothing seemed to work until he simply asked the birds to leave. The major theme in my opinion is to learn how to ask: ask and you shall receive. I will demons ...more
Dolly
Mar 06, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens
This is a classic Mo Willems kind of story. Exaggerated dialogue filled with various inflections of emotion that make a simple situation absolutely hilarious. Our girls loved this book.
Michaela
I Can Read book for emergent reader

For ages 4- 8yrs.

This story continues the adventures of friends, Gerald and Piggie. There's a bird on Gerald's head and Piggie helps her friend with his bird problem but then ends up with a problem of her own. These books are a delight to read with someone, to someone, or by yourself. Mo Willems has such a wonderful sense of humor and has selected vocabulary that is very accessible to an emergents reader and created two such lovable, fun, characters to hang out
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Jade
The Elephant & Piggie series created by Mo Willems uses cartoon- style text to tell the story of Elephant and Piggie. They are best friends who rely on one another when Elephant has of a family of birds nesting on his head. With Piggie’s guidance Elephant is able to free himself from the bird’s nest, but Piggie isn’t so lucky!

Willems uses speech bubbles to tell the story and he color codes the bubbles that corresponds with the color of the characters. By doing so, young children are able to
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Alyssa Weber
There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems is a cute, silly story that children are sure to love - even the most reluctant readers!! This particular book has won the Theodor Geisel award for most distinguishing book for young readers! It is a quick and easy read and tells the hilarious story of two friends, an elephant and a pig, when a few birds decide to come into their lives. I would recommend this book for readers ages 7-10.

As a teacher, I would also recommend having this book in your clas
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Leigh Isley
Genre: Humor

A bird lands on Gerald’s head. He doesn’t like it. Then a second bird lands. Then they build a nest. The birds hatch their eggs on Gerald’s head and the entire family continues to live there, much to Gerald’s chagrin and Piggie’s delight. Finally, Piggie suggests that if Gerald doesn’t want the birds on his head, he should just ask them to leave. He does, and they migrate to Piggie’s head.

Curriculum Connection: The teacher could also use this book in the classroom as a discussion or
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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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