Author(s): Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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?
Beginning 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 advice because he "knows" parties in order to prepare for the big event. The elephant, however, has a tendency to overanalyze, so he prepares them both for any contingency a 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 bubbles gray ones for Gerald, pink for Piggie to 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. SLJ"
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. same as above