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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Hardcover – Bargain Price, 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!|
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Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
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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.
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A friend gave this to my son as a present and I think it is so adorable! I have since bought it as a gift for both of my nieces.Published 1 day ago by Williams27
Love this book. And our bus driver, whom we gave it to, loved it as well!Published 4 days ago by Darcy
Anything Mo Willems is BRILLIANT for a child (and for the reader). I love this guy, man!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this book was HILARIOUS! I mean for a 3 year old. My 3 year old thought this book was hilarious. Read morePublished 22 days ago by rc
We did not enjoy this. The pictures were cute but that was i!Published 24 days ago by susan j turner
So fun! I bought this for a several friends' kids and it's always a hit. The kids get into the story and interacting with the pages as that wiley pigeon tries to cajole his way... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Shannon