The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (Pigeon)

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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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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...more
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
La Katie

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...more
Jim Erekson
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...more
Victoria Moore
"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...more
Mar 30, 2012 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, humor
Moral of the story? Sometimes all you have to do is ask politely.
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...more
Brian Rock
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...more
Taiba Hussain
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
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...more
Jun 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens
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...more
Shawn Thrasher
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...more
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
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...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...more
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Lu Benke
How can Willems capture that many emotions in so few lines? The juxtaposition of size of the characters and the basically motionless duck vs. the over-wraught pigeon is pure hilarity, not to mention the deft, swoop-of-a-pen changing of the one eye of each character. You could have fun having kids just play with conveying emotion through drawing of eyes. Here's a surprise: one of the subject headings is "etiquette!"
Courtney Dyer
Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is another one of Mo Willems’ humorously funny stories revolving around Pigeon’s drama, except this time, we are introduced to his soft-spoken counterpart, Duckling, who seems innocently sweet.

In the beginning of the story, Duckling asks for a cookie (politely) and gets it. Then, Pigeon comes along and wants to know how Duckling got that cookie! He becomes angry and ignoring the fact that Duckling asked politely, he ends up going off on one of his usual rants until he is...more
Ashley Kerns
Apr 27, 2014 Ashley Kerns rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone/elementary aged kids
Recommended to Ashley by: TCH&LRN 307
This is book is about a duck and a pigeon. The Duckling gets a cookie, and the Pigeon is jealous. He tells the Duckling he always asks for things and never receives them. The Duckling keeps telling him, did you ask for what you wanted POLIETLY. Then the Duckling gives the cookie to the Pigeon and the Pigeon is happy and thanks the Duckling. This is a good book to have in a classroom. I would use this book to teach my students about manners. The book does a good job showing how manners are used a...more
Hannah Cobb
The duckling gets a cookie? Just by asking? This is unfair! The pigeon has asked for all kinds of things--to stay up late, to drive the bus (it doesn't even have to be a big bus!), and to have a hot dog party. Ducklings get everything.
This is another lively, amusing Willem's masterpiece, focused on the themes of courtesy, sharing, and kindness.
The pigeon simply doesn't learn (thank goodness!). Throwing a temper tantrum will not get him a cookie. The duckling has figured out a magic way to get a cookie. Not only that but he gave his cookie to Pigeon and politely asked for another cookie for himself. Slightly heavy handed in the message but so much fun no one will care!
Jennifer Kaap
Not my favorite Pigeon book, but I still think that I will enjoy sharing this with the kids at storytime. I see an all Pigeon books storytime in my future. And, this is a no-brain companion to Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog...
Sarah Adamson
This is a great book. This is what all of Mo Willems books aim at - a fun and even funny story with a great lesson. Very unfortunately some of the other books as well as showing examples of why things are good (eg taking a bath to get clean) also demonstrate ideas on how to delay said good thing (i cleaned yesterday, it's too hot etc).
This book shows the bad behavior not getting rewarded in the most straightforward way possible. The duck gets a cookie by asking politely. The pigeon moans and co...more
Tessa Frissora
This is a classic Mo Willems book with both the pigeon and duckling characters. Rather than focusing on the pigeon as most of his books do, the main character here is the duckling. Simple pictures and minimal text make this an accessible text for beginning readers. This book could serve as an introduction to a discussion about sharing. From a more analytic standpoint this book would serve as a great focus text to explore the use of illustrations and making use of the semantic cue system. The sim...more
Mo Willems and his daughter Trixie narrate this tale of the hapless pigeon, this time upset because the duckling has a cookie -- just by asking for it. Hasn't pigeon done the same, with vastly dissimilar results?

Trixie does a really splendid job narrating the part of the duckling, with the right amount of bubbly enthusiasm, while Mo's take on pigeon is the perfect blend of dismay and exasperation. I do wonder if it is confusing to new readers to have the text in the boxed illustrations read acro...more
Jennifer Warrick Davis
My 6 year old son recently borrowed this book from his school library.

From my understanding, this is part of a series. This is the first book we have read by this author and had no issue understanding the book without reading other books from the series. The little duckling gets a cookie and the pigeon is more than a little upset that he hasn't gotten one too. The pigeon doesn't understand what makes the duckling so special. The duckling states it is because he ask politely. Very cute story wit...more
I loved Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, that was hysterical. But Pigeon is getting obnoxious with his kvetching and sulking.
Oh, how I love Mo Willems! This time Duckling models manners and friendship to Pigeon...with a cute little wink at the end. ;)
I am not typically a fan of the Pigeon books. However, this one made me laugh out loud! My 5-year-old also enjoyed it.
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