The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (Pigeon)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  8,849 ratings  ·  508 reviews
He really, really, REALLY wants one. He'll take really good care of it! What's the matter--don't you want him to be happy? The latest book in the best-selling Pigeon series is the funniest one yet.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Disney-Hyperion
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsBreaking Dawn by Stephenie MeyerThe Host by Stephenie MeyerThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferCity of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Best Books of 2008
33rd out of 1,343 books — 6,697 voters
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo WillemsWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussChicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Voices & Sounds - Best Read Alouds for Young Children
63rd out of 392 books — 400 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Wow! Pigeon is SO funny. Those expressions... even though he could seem a bit whiney and irksome, he is somehow remarkably endearing. Haha! I'm going to look for more of his adventures.
It's just me Shelly B
I read this book 10 times today:))))) I guess I do reread after all:))))))))

The things you do for your children:)))))))
After reading Mo Willems’ classic picture book, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” I wanted to try out the other books in the “Pigeon” series and I finally stumbled upon “The Pigeon wants a Puppy!” “The Pigeon wants a Puppy” is a great follow up to “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” and anyone who is a huge fan of Mo Willems’ “Pigeon” series will definitely enjoy this book!

Basically, this story is about how the Pigeon wants to have a puppy and constantly keeps telling the readers about how...more
Jul 10, 2009 Fox rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Krissy
Recommended to Fox by: Townes v. Z.
Pigeon wants a puppy.
Pigeon wants to drive a bus.
Pigeon wants to eat a whole hot dog.
Pigeon wants to stay up late.

Well, Pigeon wants a lot of stuff now, doesn't he? Pigeon has a large sense of entitlement now, doesn't he? Well, we want Pigeon to be happy now, don't we? We can't deny him anything now, can we? Would that break his little bird-heart to be told every now and then that he should have to work in order to get good things?

Wow. Pigeon is one self-entitled bird. I'm not certain if books l...more
Another awesome Willems book with our favorite lovable silly pigeon. This time he wants a puppy and has no idea the responsibility it takes to own a pet and it's our job to explain it to him. My 3 yr old twins love the books that seemingly talk to them and require a response. It really helps them stay engaged and keeps it interactive. My 5 yr old just enjoys the silly stories. A great addition to any children's collection!
Nov 14, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2010, childrens, pets
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 a funny story and quite appropriate for this age group. In fact, today our youngest pitched a fit because she saw a cute mouse in the pet store and wanted it right then and there (despite the prebrief before we ever got to the store that we were not purchasing any pets, no way, no how!) We turned her tantrum into a...more
but i think this is my all-time favorite of the pigeon books. because this was me, multiple times, as a kid. i would have done ANYTHING for a puppy, but seriously, that would have been such a disaster.

an EXCELLENT book for parents who have kids who want everything!

(and adults that are okay with laughing at their childhood selves.)

seriously. the pigeon ROCKS.
Fantastic! More simple and direct than its predecessors, this Pigeon book is less of a game and (dare I say it?) more heartfelt, which in this case, for a change, is a VERY GOOD THING! I'm loving the puppy-wanting pigeon :)
Such a cute, charming book! The story and art is simple, but amusing and sweet. The Pigeon seems like an endearing character :-)
Pigeon wants a puppy. Really, pigeon wants a puppy and promises to take good care of it. Pigeon is a sassy bird who knows what he wants and will do his best to convince you of the same. The vocabulary is simple and would be easy for any beginning reader to attempt. The illustrations are also simple, but in an almost retro eye-catching way. Pre K and K.

From NYT:
"Willems proves once more that crayoned ornithology and impassioned monologues to the reader…can roost indefinitely in literature's rafte...more
Sarah Sammis
In fall 2007, Mo Willems ran a contest for children to name the newest Pigeon book. The resulting book is The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. So from hot dogs to dogs.

In this book the Pigeon teaches the important lesson of "be careful what you wish for." Usually the pigeon books focus on him not getting what he wants. Not this time. The pigeon wants a puppy and the pigeon gets a puppy.

Now just stop for a moment and think about this because the Pigeon certainly didn't. The Pigeon is well, pigeon sized. The...more
Poor pigeon. In this latest Mo Willems tale, another age old childhood desire consumes pigeon. He wants a puppy. He wants one now and he is prepared to do anything for it! Until, that is, he meets one!

Willems' simple illustrations are easy for children to identify with. The story is fun-loving and goofy, perfect for young children 2-6 years old. Teachers could do a shared writing experience with this story and create a chart where each child shares a sentence that begins like "I wanted a ___". I...more
Sometimes an author can overdo things... same character over and over and it just seems tired and uncreative and a series loses it appeal... BUT this is not what happened with the beloved Pigeon! He wants a puppy ... he really does... and he'll say and do anything to convince you of it. Well, we'll see what happens when he comes face-to-face with a dog...will the pigeon change his tune? Don't skip over the end papers or the title page & verso, you'll really miss out. I discovered that the pi...more
The Pigeon never ceases to amuse me. He cracks me up. I love how Mo Willems can draw such a delightful character with only a few strokes of the pen and you have this crazy little bird who's emotions are etched across his face in such a hilarious manner. This book is definitely a keeper, buy it for all your friends!

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Lisa Vegan
This is a very, very, very simple book; the text and illustrations are both very spare. It’s also funny and great for beginning readers and younger children. As a puppy loving person I enjoyed it even though it’s much more about the pigeon than the puppy. The story was almost too simple for me but it had an amusing enough “surprise” ending.
Very appreciated by kids, although dangerous if you don't want to start a discussion about who has/wants a dog (and next time I read it, I think I'll bring a picture of a walrus--too many four-year-olds have only a hazy idea what a walrus is--but they still love the book).
I would use this book when discussing quotes, and speech bubbles within text. Reading texts with speech bubbles would introduce the idea that not all books are set up the same way, and therefore can/should be read in different ways.
I mean, really, who doesn't love the Pigeon? I particularly love the shift in perspective for the puppy. He seems really menacing but a simple shift in view turns him into exactly the kind of dog I would love to have!
Feb 28, 2011 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents & children's services librarians
I love Mo Willems! He really captures the essence of little kids--even when portraying them as pigeons. :) This would be great fun to read out loud at story time or bedtime/naptime. Or any time!
Love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. Enjoyed Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! even more.
Inspired Kathy
This is not my favorite of Mo Willem's pigeon books but still a great book to read, especially after enjoying the other books about pigeon.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! is an adorable book, as are all the Pigeon books. This one gave my daughter and me a good giggle! Silly Pigeon...
Cheryl in CC NV
Powell's layover. Not as original as I expect from Willems, but it does have a cute twist at the end.
4 1/2 stars. It's a good read-aloud, but not quite as good as my 2 favorite Pigeon books.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 28, 2008 Jake added it
Shelves: dog-books
another knee-slapper from Mo Willems. MAN, we love that guy.
Hannah Cobb
You can't go wrong with Mo Willems. Enough said.
Jan 23, 2014 Brandi added it
A wonderful, refreshingly unusual picture book for preschool-aged children, this first of the "Pigeon books" starts a series of great, participation-encouraging read aloud picture books by the witty, indomitable Mo Willems. This Pigeon, much like the headstrong young children reading the book, will try anything to get what he wants at the moment--and right now, all he wants to have a cute little puppy. But don't let him!

The expressions Pigeon have throughout this book are great. Willems' art is...more
Jenna Dillon
Summary:He really, really, REALLY wants one. He'll take good care of it! What's the matter--don't you want him to be happy?! This pigeon wants a puppy, and he is persistent with the reader throughout the book. He changes his mind though once he sees the puppy.
Genre: fiction
Reading Level: This book is best for late early readers or early transitional readers because it does not have full paragraphs of text. When the pages do have multiple lines of text, the words are not very difficult and there...more
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems follows the Pigeon's quest to have a puppy, which he REALLY wants.

What Pigeon has "wanted forever ... at least since last Tuesday ... is a puppy! He promises he'll water it once a month. Pigeon looks forward to taking piggyback rides on his puppy and playing tennis with it. Puppy pleads and throws a hissy fit. Then his Puppy arrives! And the puppy is HUGE, with teeth, a wet nose, slobber and claws. And Pigeon changes his mind. ... Pigeon wants a walrus!

« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies
  • Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (Scaredy Squirrel)
  • Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
  • Chickens to the Rescue
  • Llama Llama Mad at Mama
  • Too Many Toys
  • Bark, George
  • Duck! Rabbit!
  • Olivia And The Missing Toy
  • I'm The Biggest Thing in the Ocean
  • Duck & Goose
  • Bear Feels Scared
  • Not a Box
#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early r...more
More about Mo Willems...
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

Share This Book