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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (Pigeon) Hardcover – April 3, 2012

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,016 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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Can not say enough of how much we love these books! We received couple of the Pigeon series for our son's 3rd birthday from our friend who is a school counselor. She said the kids at her school loved these books and that it was really great for development. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about the books as the characters (mainly Pigeon) flies off the handle and has quite the melt downs and tantrums (I was afraid my son would think it was funny and acceptable to behave this way too) but soon I realized that wasn't the case. The characters have full and complex emotions such as frustration and sadness and that really connected with my son because he gets frustrated and sad too. My 3 year old son and I talked about why the character was angry, frustrated, and/or sad and now my son tells me when he feels angry, frustrated or sad. It really is great for child development! But that involves the parents talking about the book and why the characters and behaving the way they are. We will be continually adding the Pigeon series to our collection. I have NOT been given these books for free or at a discount. I offer you my 100% unbiased recommendation.
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This is a cute book, it teaches that saying please is sometimes all you need to get something you want instead of making demands and complaining etc (obviously pigeon is the one doing the whining!) but as these books go it isn't quite as fun as the others are.
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Absolutely the favorite books in the house. You will love these adorable books. My grandkids love reading them over and over. Well, they think they can read, but actually they have heard them read so many times that they have the pages memorized.
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We love Mo Willems books of all sorts, but have a special love of the Pigeon series. Perhaps I think that because of the great voices my wife uses when reading these books in particular (almost as good as her Gerald and Piggy voices). Regardless, this book has a great message about asking nicely for things. I don't think this will replace our love of the earlier Pigeon books, like Don't let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, but this is still a good book. Our girls both like it (5 and 8), even though our older daughter rarely looks at picture books any more. She still likes Mo Willems' books. I recommend them all. If you don't have any of the Pigeon books, however, start with an earlier one and work you way to this one. It's good, but it's not his best. Still worth five stars though.
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a super cute book but it loses its appeal after reading it for the 20th time. i recommend buying it for a kindergarden or first grade reader - anyone older is just not going to like it.

i did laugh my butt off on the initial read through though
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