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Amazon Exclusive: The Pigeon: A Life in Pictures
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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!|
I have Pigeon Needs a Bath which my 1 year old looooves. Bath is really fun to read for me. This Bus one is really whiney so although baby likes it, I don't like to read it very... Read morePublished 1 day ago by DD
My kids laugh and chime in so much when I am reading this book. Any pigeon book is a winner.Published 9 days ago by Stephanie K.
It's Mo Willems, what is not to love? My 6 year old son adores this author and cracks up reading them to me. I love that they are way to read with some words that require help. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Carole-lyn
My boys absolutely love this book! They read it most nights and we've had it for a couple months now. It's a very interactive book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by happymama
My kids love this book. They love telling the pigeon no at every page and feel like the grown up. This is definitely the best book of the series. Read morePublished 15 days ago by D