When a bus driver takes a break in this hilarious Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, he gives the reader just one instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat: he whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, ...
When a bus driver takes a break in this hilarious Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, he gives the reader just one instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat: he whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, this brilliantly original and funny picture book demands audience participation!
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It is fun for the kids to be the ones saying 'no' for a change.... and they take the responsibility very seriously.
Aug 4, 2011
An Award Winning Children's Book
Mo Willems won a major award for this book. It is funny, but packs a message about dealing with peer pressure. The bus driver has to briefly leave the bus and tells the children that he'll be back soon and they will be fine, but to be sure not to let the pigeon drive the bus. Sure enough, along come a conniving pigeon who begs, whines, etc., with lots of reasons why he should be allowed to drive the bus. Young readers soon join in with a hearty '"NO!"
I've given dozens of this book to youngsters.
Jan 1, 2009
cute idea - well done
I think this would capture the imagination of 3 to 4 year olds.
Jun 7, 2007
Pigeon is awesome!
My six-year-old son can't get enough of the Pigeon books. We both love to read them aloud and do the "voice" as Pigeon gets more and more frustrated when told "no."
May 31, 2007
This book is wonderful for children and adults! Simple and funny. All of Mo Willems books are beyond compare. The pigeon has lots of adventures....each one a separate book - and they're all great.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-02-10 The premise of this cheeky debut is charmingly absurd. When a bus driver goes on break, he asks the audience to keep an eye on his vehicle and the daft, bug-eyed pigeon who desperately wants to drive it. The pigeon then relentlessly begs readers for some time behind the wheel: "I tell you what: I'll just steer. My cousin Herb drives a bus almost every day! True story." Willems hooks his audience quickly with the pigeon-to-reader approach and minimalist cartoons. The bluish-gray bird, outlined in black crayon, expresses countless, amusing emotions through tiny shifts in eye movement or wing position. The plucky star peeks in from the left side of a page, and exhibits an array of pleading strategies against window-pane panels in mauve, salmon and willow ("I'll be your best friend," he says wide-eyed in one, and whispers behind a wing, "How 'bout I give you five bucks?"). Finally he erupts in a full-spread tantrum on an orange background, the text outlined in electric yellow ("Let me drive the bus!!!"). When the driver returns and takes off, the bird slumps dejectedly until a big red truck inspires a new round of motoring fantasies. Readers will likely find satisfaction in this whimsical show of emotions and, perhaps, a bit of self-recognition. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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