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Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, April 2012: The Pigeon is back (hooray!) and this time the drama centers on an adorable little duckling who gets a cookie just by asking--politely. Just by asking?! Politely reminds the duckling, but the Pigeon is already off on a hilarious rant about all the things he asks for--many of which readers of the earlier Pigeon books will remember--ending with the all-too-familiar refrain, “It’s not fair.” Author Mo Willems adds a new twist to this Pigeon story by juxtaposing Pigeon’s familiar high volume theatrics with the calm simplicity of a soft-spoken duckling. As a parent, I appreciate the book’s message about the power of politeness and the rewards of sharing (warning: cookies are involved), yet the story never loses the jovial, high-spirited quality that makes the Pigeon books so popular with kids and the adults who read to them. --Seira Wilson


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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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Pigeon is back, in all of his indignant, passive-aggressive glory, overwrought this time at one gross injustice: a cute little duckling is now on the scene and has been rewarded a cookie (with nuts) for doing nothing more than asking for it politely. Pigeon pulls out all of the usual pigeon stops—coy glances, cartwheels, and crocodile tears—in the hopes of securing a cookie for himself . . . and it works! The duckling shares. As with the other titles in the Pigeon series, simple pencil drawings on pale, blank backgrounds focus our attention on the characters’ interactions. Willems has an extraordinary ability to convey immediate, deep characterization with a few deft strokes. He knows, too, how to spread the action across a picture book, carefully managing the panels and page turns to ramp up the drama. Fans will delight at another outing, and the protagonist’s indelible pigeonality will welcome newcomers to the club. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Pigeon is a beloved character, and his legions of fans will clamor for this, the seventh Pigeon book from hugely popular, award-winning Willems. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Thom Barthelmess
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 210L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pigeon
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423151283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423151289
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Pigeon books are my 2 year-old son's favorite books. We read them every night for bedtime, and he laughs out loud every time. This book is similar in style to the other Pigeon books, and it has a sweet and funny message to it (I don't want to spoil it by saying more than that). If your child is a fan of the other Pigeon books, this one is a must-have.
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Pigeon & Duckling have a discussion on asking (politely) & (please).
It's a fine book for ages 2 to 5/6 to teach (through adorably simple characters) the art of asking and giving (thank you).
Taken for what it is, designed for the youngest of book listeners and readers, it is similar to the author's other book in the pigeon series. The author, after all, got his start on Sesame Street (6 Emmy wins) which explain somewhat his book publishing success. He started with "Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and has been teaching small children big lessons since.

You will enjoy reading "The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?" to grandkids 2-6 (only if you have cookies nearby.) That my recommendation from a recently retired elementary teacher. Buy kids books, inspire them to learn, to read.
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I have had such success reading this author's other Pigeon books in story time that when this one came in, I used it without hesitation. Unfortunately, instead of the giggles and smiles that usually result from A Mo Willems tale, this one was met with utter silence and a lot of blank stares, quickly followed by a lot of wandering attention. I can't really blame the kids, as this one is kind of boring. The usual drama and charm are sorely lacking. It seems overly long, and more like it was written for the grown ups in my audience rather than the kids. Anyone looking to this one for a good story time read should stick with the hot dog loving, bus driving Pigeon and leave the cookies on the shelf. Not a recommend.
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I work at a preschool and kindergarten and the kids' favorite books are always the pigeon books. This book does not disappoint when it comes to Mo Willems other pigeon books. It really is cute and will teach the children manners in a hidden way, which is always good :) Mo Willems has made another funny, cute, amazing book and I'm so glad I preordered this!
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I have no shame in admitting I reach for a Willems book just as much for my own entertainment as I do to mollify the maniacal little terrorist who calls me Mommy. This one is only "meh." I hate to think that the pigeon may need to retire. Perhaps this was merely a hitch in the author's stride, and we'll see a better pigeon in the future, but I'm glad I bought this at a teachers' warehouse sale. I'm out only about four bucks.
We pass books on in my family; I have mine, my mother's, and some of my grandfather's books, and they'll all be passed to Mayhem and his children, unless he uses them as kindling to burn down my house. Anyway, I will buy every pigeon book Mr. Willems writes, just to have the set, so I do hope the next one is back up to par.
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In typical fashion, Pigeon loses his cool upon discovering that the Duckling has received a cookie simply by asking for it... and the story unfolds from there. In the end, of course, Pigeon has no idea that Duckling has outsmarted him again (the first time being in The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!).

Part of my job is working with primary grades, and I find that the kindergarteners especially love all of the Pigeon series and the way they are invited to interact directly with the text. In fact, their classroom teacher today is having them create their own Pigeon cartoons, as this is the 4th Pigeon book we have read together this year.

I have grown into a huge Mo Willem's fan as I've started working with younger and younger grades, and this episode of Pigeon is sure to delight.
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My family loves the pigeon series books so we were excited to add a new title to our collection. The book is low on plot and low on words in general. It seems the writer/publisher just wanted SOMETHING to sell to get more money. Stick with the original or "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late" or "Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog."
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As a teacher and parent, Mo Willems is an absolute treasure in children's books.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie revisits the Pigeon, but with a little twist as the Pigeon watches the Duckling get exactly what he wanted. With classic Willems wit, the Pigeon throws a fit filled with humor and irony. The Pigeon experiences all the emotions our children have. The book provides a great opportunity to discuss tantrums, jealousy, and sharing.

Some of the concepts/jokes in the book went over the heads of my first grade class, but the storyline was simple enough. In fact, "acting like the Pigeon" has become a descriptive phrase for us!
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