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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)

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Title:Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Authors:Mo Willems
Other authors:Mo Willems (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Press (2003), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 40 pages
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Tags:Caldecott book, persuading, interactive, pigeon, bus driver, silly, funny

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

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This book is a favorite with my 4 year old son. He is really enjoying the Mo Williams books that I have learned about through this class. This is silly book that is super light hearted. My son likes talking back to the book. It is easy to read for my 7 year old and she enjoys reading it to her brother. Would definitely include this book in my school library.
  kannefarmer | Dec 5, 2016 |
In this book a bus driver has to step away from his bus for a minute and asks us not to let the pigeon drive the bus. The pigeon really wants to though. He tries everything from begging to making us feel guilty for not letting him. The bus driver finally comes back and takes off. Then the pigeon see's a truck and it leaves off there
  sabrenarose | Dec 4, 2016 |
Read for visual literacy assignment.
  ahle | Dec 4, 2016 |
Very cute book for Kindergarten. ( )
  aharey | Nov 30, 2016 |
This is such a fun story to read for breaks in the day! One of the best parts are the pictures because you know their emotion through the whole story just by looking at their facial expressions and this is important for students to recognize, so this being a pretty easy read can be used to taught bigger things. Students will love the pigeon trying to persuade the bus driver to let him drive the bus, and that brings up great writing topics. ( )
  Oliviacap | Nov 22, 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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:16 -0400)

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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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