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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Hardcover – 2003
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Awe inspiring coming of age tale * The Bookseller * Laughs a-plenty . . . simple enough for very young children to enjoy and funny enough to keep even the most jaded parent entertained -- Steve Voake * Well's Life * --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. His celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions as well as three Honors. Other favourites include Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs and That Is Not a Good Idea. Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Paris, France. Find him online at www.mowillems.com and on twitter as @The_Pigeon. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
Though we're giving this book to our 2 year old grandson on his birthday, I wish I'd had it when I was full-time babysitting our 4-1/2 year old grandson at that age! Just love him to pieces, all of that spunk and fire, but - out of our three grandsons - he's the one who seemed to be "pushing the limits" from Day 1! This is an interactive type of book, beginning with a bus driver telling your child that he has to leave for a bit, asking that your child keep an eye on things while he's gone and to - above all - "Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus!" Now what child isn't going to be immediately drawn into a book that puts HIM/HER in charge?!
Throughout the book (with VERY simple, pale illustrations - not a lot of busyness on each page), the Pigeon looks directly at and speaks directly to your child, using all of the methods of pleading to get your little person to give in to letting him drive the bus that he/she might typically use to try to get his/her way with YOU (i.e."Please?", "I never get to do anything!", "How 'bout I give you five bucks?", "No fair!", etc.) The Pigeon finally resorts to throwing a physical and verbal tantrum... "LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!!!" and then sulks when he's still not allowed to. The driver returns, thanks your child, and then it ends with a big semi-trailer arriving, the Pigeon eyeing it and saying, "Hey...", ready to begin the whole scenario again - as children will do!
This is a silly little book where it'll be interesting to watch your child's reaction to having the tables turned!
this story correctly and humorously represents everyone at one point in their lives. every kid has hounded a parent to do something that they knew was futile to try- but did that ever stop us when we were kids? -- of course not. i loved this book.
It is refreshing that an author doesn't need elaborate and flowerly syntax to get his story to touch both young and old--thanks Mo Willems,your book was enjoyable and I get it!
I've got to say, this book read to a group of children was one of the highlights of my year. Kids who don't normally react (or even sit still) were engaged by it. Others we had barely heard a peep from in group laughed out loud. It's great for them because there's not too much happening on each page but they are asked to participate in the story by not letting the persistent pigeon have his heart's desire.
Enjoy it with your kids.