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Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! (2003)

by Mo Willems

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Every year, my Kindergarten students LOVE this book. They love yelling "no!!" at the pigeon and its a fun way to show them how books have different feathers, and introducing speech bubbles to them. After reading this book, I have my students write about what they think would happen if the pigeon DID drive the bus. They have fun making their own speech bubbles and changing the story into a funny, creative ending! ( )
  lmckenzie | Aug 29, 2015 |
Funny story that is loved by my kindergartners.
  LisaAndrews | Jul 31, 2015 |
Recommended by Pamela Richter
She shared a YouTube video with kids, "Do not let the pigeon touch the books."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW25mqJjEF4
  RhondaHoward | Jul 22, 2015 |
PIC, fiction, humor
  prichter | Jul 21, 2015 |
This book is a simple tale of literally a pigeon who wanta to drive abus but it not allowed. He simple persistence is entertaining and predictable for young readers. Preschoolers or kindergarten students could predict or memorize the simple illustrated text. This book is part of a series of pigeon books and tudents could folllow Pigeon's other tales or injustice and persistence.
  Lisapier | Jul 7, 2015 |
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The pigeon dreams of driving a bus, but the bus driver enlists the reader to keep the pigeon out of the driver’s seat. The book progresses as the pigeon wheedles and readers get to say, “No!” – putting the children in the driver’s seat themselves. Other books include Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (a bedtime book that gets loud in the middle and gradually quieter/darker) and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog (not as good, IMO, dealing with sharing when a duckling wants the pigeon’s coveted hot dog). These books address issues of power and necessity at a preschool level, as well as being hilariously written and engagingly illustrated in a comic-book style.
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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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"When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-- a pigeon. But you never met one like this before."

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