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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Big…

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Big Book Edition) (Pigeon Series) (original 2003; edition 2012)

by Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)

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Title:Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Big Book Edition) (Pigeon Series)
Authors:Mo Willems
Other authors:Mo Willems (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2012), Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:easy, gr. k-3, persistence

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems (2003)


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Originally published in 2003, and awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2004, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus has become a modern-day children's classic, capturing, with its perfect blend of cartoon-like illustrations and simple text, the experiences of toddlers everywhere. Opening as a bus-driver temporarily leaves his vehicle in the keeping of the reader, the book follows its eponymous pullastrine hero as he uses every wheedling argument he can think of to get permission to drive the bus. Although unsuccessful, he is unquashed, and the book ends as his attention is drawn to another vehicle...

A book that never fails to win a chuckle from this reader, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a title that I have enjoyed, and that I have recommended wholeheartedly in my capacity as a bookseller since it first was published. I was very fortunate to attend a talk given by Mo Willems two years ago, when living in Dublin, and found him as amusing in person as he is in print. He has an ear for the speech patterns of younger children, capturing in his pigeon character their stubborn fixation on what they want, and their mounting frustration when denied. I think it is that sense of recognition that makes the pigeon books so appealing to toddlers, who get to see a little bit of themselves reflected back at them through the main character. Recommended to anyone looking for entertaining and humorous tales for younger children. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Aug 19, 2016 |
This simple picture book conveys a lot of meaning in very little text. You immediately fall in love with Pigeon! The end lets us know that a Pigeon can always dream.
  paulaboy | Jul 24, 2016 |
This book is a great fantasy about a pigeon wanting to drive a bus. The pigeon begs and tried to persuade you to let him drive the bus. It is funny becasue come children beg the same way. It is interactive for children too. ( )
  Karlig | Jul 18, 2016 |
All Pigeon wants to do is drive the bus.
  tbeard76 | Jul 8, 2016 |
Ok, I see this is the first Pigeon book. One can say it shows - the pigeon was a generic pre-schooler begging, bargaining, whining, fussing, pouting, scheming.... In the later books he, imo, develops a bit of his own personality. Still, this was both sweet and hilarious. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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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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