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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (Pigeon)

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,897 Ratings  ·  559 Reviews
Much to the chagrin of Pigeon, little Duckling uses very polite manners to request a cookie, and actually gets one. Filled with righteous fury, Pigeon loses his temper and complains bitterly about this terrible state of affairs. However, things aren't what they seem, and Duckling has a secret plan! Part of the bestselling Pigeon series by genius children's book author and ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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May 19, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books

Okay. I have to admit this rating may be is absolutely influenced by the fact that the cutest 7 year old in the world read it to me. :)

I was never a fan of this series. I loved the Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems, but the look and tone of the Pigeon books never grabbed a ‘hold of me. That is until my 7 year old nephew said The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? was one of his favorite books. Lickety-split…I was off to pick up a copy! I had to check it out.

It’s a perfect read-a-loud book filled with fun

After reading Mo Willems’ classic “Pigeon” books, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! I wanted to check out more books from this series! So, I picked up Mo Willems’ most recent book from the “Pigeon” series, “The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?” and I really enjoyed it! “The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?” is a fantastic read for children who are fans of Mo Willems’ “Pigeon” series!

When the Duckling ends up getting a cookie because he politely asked for one, the Pigeon ends up g
La Katie
May 03, 2012 La Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-things-reviews

5 Things About...The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!

1. So this is one of those books where the title tells you a lot. Much like Melville's classic "Moby Dick, or The Whale," we are introduced to the Duckling, the counterpart to our surly captain, The Pigeon. And much like Ahab's metaphysical obsession over the evil in the albino leviathan, we watch the drama unfold as the Pigeon's desires are laid out on the page, all over a cookie. With nuts.

2. As the series has already di
Jim Erekson
Mar 06, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, picturebooks
Have to admit it, I'm a fan. I have a great time with this series with my kids. My favorite structure in these books is the part where it breaks into the 8-box sequence for the pigeon to go on a tirade. This is just one example of Willems' control of pacing through use of a cinematic montage style. Again, Willems' animator sensibilities for storyboarding are impressive.

Mostly, I rate this one a four because the sentence "Oh! Look at all those nuts" demands some inference, when it gets just drop
Jul 10, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another awesome read by Mo Willems. What's brilliant about this one, is that is actually plays on a theme present in an earlier book, almost like a hidden joke. You don't have to read the earlier book to enjoy this, but it makes it more fun for the adults. A duckling asks for a cookie and gets it and the pigeon rants and raves that it's not fair, he asks for many things, (like driving a bus - the other book) but never gets them. A fun and typical Willems twist at the end made this a book all my ...more
Yousra Serry
May 10, 2015 Yousra Serry rated it really liked it
Jun 08, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
School Library Journal
( March 01, 2012; 9781423151289 )
"K-Gr 2-Duckling, familiar to readers of The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (Hyperion, 2004), asks politely and receives a cookie with nuts. Incredulous, Pigeon rants about the many things that he has asked for and failed to receive-a chance to drive the bus, hot-dog parties, a walrus, one more story, his personal iceberg, etc. In classic Pigeon fashion, the lovably emotional bird relates the unfairness of it all through a hilarious monologue unti
Linda Lipko
This is a laugh out loud book. We can all relate to people who demand that life be fair and they whine that others get what they cannot achieve. Such is the mind set of the stubborn, self absorbed pigeon.

When he spots the duckling with a cookie containing nuts, he goes nuts! Lashing into a long diatribe about all that is not fair and all that he deserves, the duckling calmly mentions that he received the cookie not by demanding, but by asking politely.

This is something alien to the mental rappo
Mar 30, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, 2012
Moral of the story? Sometimes all you have to do is ask politely.
Anne Soderlund
Dec 17, 2015 Anne Soderlund rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
/* Starred Review */ K-Gr 2 — Duckling, familiar to readers of The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (Hyperion, 2004), asks politely and receives a cookie with nuts. Incredulous, Pigeon rants about the many things that he has asked for and failed to receive—a chance to drive the bus, hot-dog parties, a walrus, one more story, his personal iceberg, etc. In classic Pigeon fashion, the lovably emotional bird relates the unfairness of it all through a hilarious monologue until finally exploding in clenched-fi ...more
May 31, 2012 David rated it really liked it
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems has the pigeon angry when the ducking gets a cookie by asking for it politely.

Willems' humorous illustrations continue to convey feelings & emotions clearly through a few squigles and circles. My favorite images include scoots, flaps, asking list, tantrum, thanks, and last 2 pictures.

Willens' text features a very large font for pigeon within word bubbles, and smaller fonts for ducking without word buubles, except for the last sentence. This would wo
Brian Rock
Apr 15, 2013 Brian Rock rated it it was amazing
The latest in Mo Willems’ classic “Pigeon” series of books, The Duckling Gets A Cookie, holds its own with its award winning predecessors.

In this installment, the irascible Pigeon bemoans the injustice of Duckling receiving a cookie by simply asking for it.

Asking? Getting by asking? Pigeon is beside himself as he recounts all the things he’s asked for to no avail. Duckling manages to diffuse the volatile pigeon with a nice gesture (or clever scheme!) Like all of Willems’ books, this story convey
Victoria Moore
Sep 30, 2014 Victoria Moore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
"The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems is a sweet, delightful and hilarous children's book with a distinctive message of how to ask for something then how to share it without any strings attached. Featuring two characters, a duckling and the main protagonist, a pigeon, it also has the feel of a mystery because the person giving the cookie to the duckling is unseen and appears out of nowhere.
Illustrated by Willems also, the simple portrayals provided a wonderful accompaniment to the words
Taiba Hussain
May 06, 2012 Taiba Hussain rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, worked a treat in foundation stage. The reason behind using this book for my Nursery children was to combat the continuous tantrums I witnessed. The children loved story time, so I found it fitting to read a story that showed the audience how silly a tantrum looks! It worked a treat and the children discussed how the duckling managed to get a cookie simply by asking for it. During the story you find that ‘Pigeon’ is outraged by Duckling getting a cookie simply by asking nicely! N ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
My heart truly lies with Elephant and Piggie but I can enjoy a Pigeon book every now and again...because really anything by Mo Willems is awesome. In this book we are introduced to a cute little duckling who gets a cookie...Pigeon is jealous...why didn't Pigeon get a cookie? Pigeon asks for things all the time and never gets anything!!?!? Pigeon throws a FIT! Yes all caps FIT. Duckling gives Pigeon the cookie, Pigeon is happy, duckling wants another cookie.

I love the illustrations. Pigeon's fit
Jun 10, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
We have loved the Pigeon stories ever since our girls were really little. Mo Willems is an amazing Chilren's author and we borrow all of his books as soon as we see a new one.

This is another fun book in the series. This story is about jealousy and a frustrated pigeon who complains that he never gets what he asks for. I love that the duckling is polite and calm, even when the pigeon loses it. The illustrations are just as humorous as we've come to expect from this author and we enjoyed reading t
Shawn Thrasher
May 21, 2012 Shawn Thrasher rated it it was amazing
Is Pigeon the Liz Lemon of the picture book animal world? A little odd. Always wanting something and going to great lengths to try to get it. Prone to fits, tantrums, epiphanies, and many sarcastic or ironic statements and non sequitur in a short period of time (the length of a picture book). A smart ass. Surrounded by characters like Duckling or Tracy Jordan. (perhaps Duckling is the Kenneth of this series).

Once again, a f***ing fantastic offering from Mo Willems, a god (read: Dr. Seuss) among
Jun 17, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
An interesting take on being polite and learning how to ask for things nicely. I loved the pigeon's antics, even if his rant did seem a little odd, but that's the Pigeon for you. The Duckling handled the Pigeon's rant nicely and was very well behaved. But by the end of the book you got a little better perspective on why the duckling was so thoughtful. It was an amusing twist and made me smile. This book was funny, but I can't say it's my favorite of the pigeon stories, but I definitely enjoyed i ...more
Sarah Sammis
Oct 05, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems is the newest Pigeon book. The Duckling, first introduced in The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, is back, and he has a cookie with chips and nuts.

Of course there's no way the Pigeon (who turned nine this year) wants the Duckling to either star in a book or have a delicious cookie. As you can imagine, the Pigeon does everything possible to steal the show and the cookie.

It's a cute book that works well both as a read alone book for level one readers and as a grou
Allison Sprong
Feb 01, 2016 Allison Sprong rated it it was amazing
1. This picture book starts out with a sweet little Duckling asking politely for a cookie and is given one right away. The Pigeon, who has previously debuted himself in other books written by Mo Williams comes into the story and angrily wonders why the Duckling so easily was given the cookie. The pigeon goes on and on about how he never gets what he asks for and thinks that "It's NOT fair." It seems as if the duckling feels bad for the pigeon because he decides to give him his cookie, however we ...more
Lizz Uhl
The Duckling loves cookies and he also loves being polite. One day the Duckling asks for a cookie and gets one, a nice cookie with nuts. Then Pigeon comes along and asks the Duckling how he got his cookie. The Duckling replies with “I asked for it. Politely.” The Pigeon gets so upset! “I ask for things ALL THE TIME!” he said. Will Pigeon ever get a cookie or anything he wants? If so what has to change or who will help him? You'll have to read to find out more about the Duckling, the Pigeon, and ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: meh, okay
That duckling! LOL
Jessica LeBaron

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
Mo Willems

This book is a part of the Caldecott award winning author Mo Willem's "Pigeon" series. In the story, a duckling gets a cookie, and the pigeon gets very, very jealous because the pigeon never gets anything that it asks for. The pigeon gets angry, but then the duckling says that it actually got the cookie for the pigeon, and the pigeon becomes very grateful. The illustrations in this book are very cute and simple, with basic colors, but they tell the story ver
Khloe Belfiore
Mar 01, 2015 Khloe Belfiore rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book in which a duckling receives a cookie after asking for it politely and the pigeon becomes upset wondering why he never gets what he asked for. The pigeon doesn't get that the duckling receives the delicious cookie because of his polite manners. After the pigeon's expected meltdown the duckling reveals that the only reason he got the cookie was so he could give it to pigeon. We learn at the end that the ducklings seemingly innocence is noting short of a scheme of slyness.

Brooke Leone
Feb 15, 2015 Brooke Leone rated it really liked it
The Duckling Gets a Cookie tells the story of a little duckling who asks polite for a cookie and gets one then a pigeon comes along who wants the cookie, complains about how he asks for things all the times and never gets them, and then the duckling gives the pigeon his cookie.

Although this book is very simple it tackles a very big life lesson that young readers need to know- sometimes all you have to do is ask politely. The duckling asks for the cookie politely and he gets one. When the pigeon
Jamie Benson
Nov 05, 2014 Jamie Benson rated it really liked it
Picture Book

The Duckling Gets a Cookie

Willems, M. (2012). The duckling gets a cookie!? New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children

This is a adorably funny book about a pigeon who is jealous of a duckling who gets a cookie. The nuts on the cookie seem to be what really attacks the pigeon to the cookie. Pigeon complains that he or she asks for things all the time and never gets what he wants. I really liked how the duckling stresses that he asked for the cookie politely. Will the pigeon ever get a c
Alyssa Scherr
Sep 30, 2014 Alyssa Scherr rated it really liked it
Shelves: 15-picture-books
This book begins with a duck holding a cookie and a Pigeon who is very jealous. The Pigeon asks the duck how he got the cookie and the duck answers by simply saying, "I asked politely". This drives the Pigeon crazy. He begins to go off on a rant about how he has asked for so many things and has never received any of them. The duck interrupts his rant by expressing he requested the cookie so he could give it to the Pigeon. The Pigeon shocked by the duck takes the cookie and the duck ends the book ...more
An object lesson:

Many parents who read aloud to their children may finds themselves one day wondering when, exactly, that fell by the wayside. It can be a gradual thing, having trouble choosing a book everyone wants, finding the time away from homework, and showers, and music practice, and dance classes. But what I learned last night is, it doesn't have to be.

There was a new Mo Willems book on display at the library. Of course, I picked it up. Adults and older children who aren't reading Willem
Mar 24, 2014 Laurie rated it it was ok
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