64 pages, 9.25 × 6.75 × 0.5 in
September 1, 2007
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423106873
ISBN - 13: 9781423106876
From the Publisher
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.
InI 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 sorts of zany outfits before finally arriving at the party for a hilarious surprise.
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 thePigeon Drivethe 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 wroteToday I will Fly!andMy Friend Is Sad, the first books in this series. In his previous life, Mo was a six-time Emmy Award winning writer and animator forSesame Streetand the creator of Cartoon Network'sSheep in theBigCity.He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
It helps to have a best friend when you run into trouble, whether it's the what-to-wear-to-a-party kind or the wildlife-on-your-head variety. Like the first two entries in this beginning reader series (My Friend Is Sad and Today I Will Fly!, rev. 5/07), each of these books features a simple story told entirely through speech balloons and Willems's emotive pig and elephant characters. The animated illustrations will help new readers decode tone and meaning while the spare dialogue enhances the pictures' slapstick humor. High-spirited Piggie has never been to a party; when she receives her first invitation, neurotic Gerald takes charge of their attire. "I know parties," he claims, but Piggie and young readers may have doubts about that when Gerald insists they dress for "a fancy pool costume party." In the end, Gerald proves to be savvier than he and Piggie look. In the second book, two "love birds" make a nest on Gerald's head. Cause enough for panic, but when their three eggs hatch (in record gestation time), hysteria ensues. Luckily, Piggie has a good head on her shoulders. The minimalism of both the text and the uncluttered pictures focuses readers' attention and moves the stories forward. Party on, Elephant & Piggie!-Horn Book