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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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This books has outstanding illustrations. This book has cooperation, leadership, and responsibility build into the story. A message from this book for children is its important to stay true to your word and never judge someone else. This book teaches friendship along with allowing others to be different. ( )
  JennaHall | Oct 18, 2016 |
The story starts with a disclaimer, when the bus driver has to leave on a break and reminds the readers not to let pigeons drive the bus. Then a pigeon comes along and asks to drive the bus. The whole book is basically the pigeon trying to convince and bribe the readers to let him drive the bus. With no luck, the bus driver comes back and the poor pigeon never gets to drive the bus.

I am a big fan of Mo Willems, and this is just one of the reasons why. The illustrations are cute and clever, as is the story itself. The whole concept of a pigeon driving a bus is so out-there, that I think it intrigues children before even opening the book. I love how the text is interactive. It really seems like the characters are talking to the readers, which makes it a lot of fun to read, especially with young kids.

1) The award the book received:
- 2004 Caldecott Honor Book

2) An original description of the award:
- This medal is to be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year and named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott. The idea for this medal was also accepted enthusiastically by the Section for Library Work with Children of ALA and was approved by the ALA Executive Board.
The Caldecott Medal "shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.

3) The book citation (APA format):
Willems, M. (2003). Don't let the pigeon drive the bus. New York, NY: Hyperion Books For Children. ( )
  Megan_Ross | Oct 10, 2016 |
In his winning debut, Willems finds the preschooler in a pigeon: a cajoling, tantrum-throwing, irresistible bird. "I've got to leave for a little while," says a uniformed bus driver as he strolls off the opening pages. "I thought he'd never leave," says the big-eyed pigeon as he marches onto the next spread and begins his campaign to drive the bus. His tactics, addressed to an unseen audience, are many: he reasons ("I tell you what: I'll just steer"); he whines ("I never get to do anything!"); he's creative ("Let's play 'Drive the Bus'! I'll go first"); he bargains ("C'mon! Just once around the block!"). Finally he erupts in a feather-flying tantrum, followed by a drooping sulk that ends only when a truck arrives, and new road fantasies begin. Librarians may struggle with the endpapers, which contain important story content, but the design is refreshingly minimal, focusing always on the pigeon; he's the only image on nearly every earth-toned spread. Willems is a professional animator, and each page has the feel of a perfectly frozen frame of cartoon footage--action, remarkable expression, and wild humor captured with just a few lines. Preschoolers will howl over the pigeon's dramatics, even as they recognize that he wheedles, blows up, and yearns to be powerful just like they do.
  LaKristie | Oct 8, 2016 |
This books has amazing illustrations. Children will love it. I will use this book to teach
cooperation, leadership, and responsibility. Important lesson from this book would be sticking to your word.
  Kendralpayne | Oct 3, 2016 |
This is a good book for beginning readers. It is easy to read and has lots of pictures. I would recommend this book for either a Kindergarten or 1st grade class.
  TaylorMcMillan | Oct 2, 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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 078681988X, Hardcover)

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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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