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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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|Back in 1993, I was cartooning for a ’zine. Due to a lack of other material, we decided to make the December issue a sketchbook with just my cartoons. I have been producing small cartoon and story sketchbooks for clients and pals every year since then.||In 1998, my sketchbook featured a new character, the Pigeon. Born in the margins of a 1997 notebook filled with potential picture book ideas, he was complaining that his ideas were better than mine. To mollify him, I put him in that year’s sketchbook.||The original sketchbook was much longer than the final published volume, but some of the lines were the same.|
|In late 1999, an agent essentially agreed with the Pigeon and rejected my picture book ideas. She suggested I revisit my sketchbook with an eye to turning it into a picture book. My wife was working at a school library at the time and had read the sketchbook to her kids, who had enjoyed it. So I suppose it wasn’t too crazy an idea. I started to revise the layout and work with color.||At the end of 2001, after several dozen rejections because the book was “unusual,” an editor decided that “unusual” was a good thing. Plus, it made her laugh. I began reworking and rewriting. The Pigeon was now starting to look more like his mature self.||Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was published in April 2003 and, to my surprise, proved to be popular quite quickly. Thankfully, that Pigeon doodle in the notebook back in 1997 was so insistent. He was right!|
From School Library Journal
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
But do kids like this book? Well, ladies and gentlemen, the answer is yes. In fact, clever readers let the kids hearing this tale say, "NO!" every time the pigeon tries a new tactic. When the pigeon says, "Please", the kids say no. When the pigeon says, "I tell you what: I'll just steer", the kids say no.Read more ›
The local librarian told me that this book was a big hit at story hour, with the children actively telling the pigeon "No! You can't drive the bus!" Maybe I still have the mind set of a preschooler, because I found it just as entertaining, so much so that my best friend gave it to me for my 43rd birthday. In my opinion, it's one of the best children's books of the year.
This is a book adult readers will enjoy every bit as much as the young listeners they're reading to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absolutely hilarious take on the persistence of a preschooler, replete with attempted manipulations. Read morePublished 3 days ago by mmeist99
Obnoxious and not funny at all. This book teaches children that acting out to get what you want can be humorous. Wish I could have read it before purchasing.Published 26 days ago by Lauryloo
I picked this book up based on all the positive reviews. At the time my son was 2 and he thought the book was okay, but it was never one of his preferred books. Read morePublished 27 days ago by McPotter
My boys love these books but they aren't my favorite to read over and over. Fortunately they are easy reads so the older ones can read to the younger. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heidi