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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! Hardcover – February 28, 2006

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PreSchool-Grade 2-The star of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Hyperion, 2003) returns in another irresistible tale. Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the puerile pigeon attempts to talk his way out of the inevitable, coming up with requests that range from manipulative (I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational) to cajoling (Y'know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day-¦) to classic (Can I have a glass of water?). Meanwhile, the fowl fights yawns and tries to keep his wide eye open, despite a drooping lid. Defying drowsiness to the last, he finally falls asleep, clutching his stuffed bunny tightly under his wing. Set against comfortably faded pastel backgrounds, the cartoon artwork focuses tightly on the main character, with his comments presented in dialogue balloons. The black-crayon lines speak volumes, as the pigeon's body language and the positioning of his ever-expressive eye humorously convey each nuance of the text. Children will be charmed by this bedtime treat, which will have them laughing out loud at the pigeon-and at themselves.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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PreS. In look and premise, this follows previous books about that persnickety pigeon whose actions resemble those of young children. Kids are invited to make sure that the pigeon doesn't stay up late. But the pigeon has his own ideas on the matter: "First of all, I'm not even tired," he proclaims. On each successive page, a balloon of text comes up with ever more reasons why the pigeon shouldn't be coerced into bed ("I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational"). Then come the familiar questions: "Can I have a glass of water?" At one point he drags out his stuffed rabbit (looking suspiciously like Knuffle Bunny), who, the pigeon insists, wants to stay up. But then a yawn overtakes the bird, even though he insists he is just stretching--and, well, you know the rest. Fans of the pigeon will welcome him back and wait with anticipation to see what he can't do next. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 270 (What's this?)
  • Series: Pigeon
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children; 1st edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786837462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786837465
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are ever handed the chance to see Mo Willems speak in person, run (do not walk) to the event. Not only does Mr. Willems win the Sexiest-Children's-Book-Illustrator-of-the-Year-Award time and time again (not a huge feat in a field dominated by the likes of deceased fellows like William Steig) but he's a hoot to boot. When I had the chance to see Mr. Willems speak at Book Fest in New York City, the topic of conversation during the question and answer session turned invariably to his most popular creation of them all: The pigeon. The pigeon is our Id. He's that voice that screams loudly in your head whenever someone denies you something you want, no matter how unreasonable it might be. Mr. Willems mentioned at one point that he's been receiving potential pigeon titles for his books over the years. My personal favorite? Don't Let the Pigeon Audit Your Neighbor. That book has yet to come out (can't you just see him screaming out, "LET ME SEE YOUR W-2 FORMS!!!, in a feathery rage?) but something just as good has. "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!" is already bound to join the ranks of such other bedtime classics as "10 Minutes to Bedtime", by Peggy Rathmann and Lauren Child's, "I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed" in the pantheon of sleepy-time literature.

Okay, you know the drill. Here's Mr. Bus Driver from "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", who apparently lives with this difficult bird. Wearing classic nightcap and carrying a candle (candles and nightcaps never go out of style) he urges the reader not to let the pigeon stay up late while he goes to brush his teeth. But the pigeon knows what to expect and he comes out swinging with a, "First of all, I'm not even tired!". When that doesn't work he has a whole list of carefully prepared excuses for not going to bed.
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Don't be left out on the sidewalk or on your local inner-city equestrian statue...just don't be left out! The Pigeon books are always great fun. Pigeon returns to make more demands, while "the man" is always keeping him down. Mo Willems creator of "DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS," "PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG" and " Knuffle BUNNY" does it again!

Willems combines his flair for simplistic childlike design, with the preschooler's stubbornness via the PIGEON. The Pigeon demands and fumes building to a crescendo, upon which his delivers his obligatory RANT, the climax of the Pigeon Book formula (see the aforementioned books). This "Pigeon" pattern provides satisfactory continuity for preschool listeners and early readers.

I highly recommend ANY of the PIGEON books! My children insist on so many re-readings they could easily deliver performances of the stories without the books. Willems clearly connects to the young through this determined character, in a manner that rivals Dr. Seuss himself, without the flowery faux words (no offense Doc, you know I luv ya). As it is with all great children's books the reader can easily see themselves in the PIGEON.

Even a cameo by Knuffle Bunny!
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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, Mo Willems' 3rd book dedicated to the pesty pigeon, is a delightful story about Pigeon trying to convince the reader to let him stay up late.

My four-year old daughter and I are both major Pigeon fans, so we were delighted when we discovered that there was a new Pigeon book on the shelves! I ran out to buy the book and we read it together as soon as we got home. She knows Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog (my favorite) and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (her favorite) by heart because we read them ALL the time. She helped me read the first time and by the third time, she had most of it down.

I'm also a pre-K teacher, and my students just LOVE the Pigeon books. They aren't as familiar with the stories as my daughter, but they really

Mo Willems is truly a genius in his field...he knows his audience (young children and the adults who are reading to them) and his stories appeal to both young and old alike. The cartoon drawings, though "simple", are absolutely perfect. Young children are easily able to distinguish Pigeon's emotions because of his facial expressions and "body language" (or "feather language"?)...and soon they begin to guess what comes next in the story simply by studying the pictures. And the dialogue is absolutely hilarious. At one point, when Pigeon goeson his usual tirade (toward the end of each story), he tries to convince the reader to let him stay up by saying that pigeons don't need much sleep and that it is actually daytime in China. HA!

Mo Willems does not disappoint with his newest Pigeon story. I can't wait to find out what Pigeon will say and do in Willem's next Pigeon book (there was recently a cover contest for his next book, so I am fairly certain that it will be about Pigeon finding a job as the winning cover dealt with that subject)!

This book is a necessary addition to any young child's library! It's one of our favorites for sure!
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Once again, the Pigeon has returned. And now it's time for bed. But what's this? The Pigeon isn't tired and wants to stay up late. Young readers are certain to be delighted by the Pigeon's continued antics. This is another story that children will ask for again and again. And as you reread this soon to be classic story, kids will delight in telling the Pigeon the same phrase they hear over and over again, "No" (as in, "No, you may not stay up late"). Kids will giggle as the Pigeon finds every excuse (perhaps excuses they have already tried) in an attempt to stay up a little later! Finally, they will smile as they say "Goodnight" to the Pigeon who dreams with his Knuffle Bunny.
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