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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (Pigeon)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  8,198 Ratings  ·  636 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 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 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
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
These books are so fun to read aloud.
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The duckling asks for a cookie so receives a cookie much to the disappointment of pigeon! Pigeon just complains and throws a fit until he the wise duckling makes him a deal.

My nephew and I hurried to get another book in the pigeon series after we read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!. This one was even more delightful than the last and was focused even more on etiquette as being polite and saying please and thank you are made important b
Jim Erekson
Mar 06, 2013 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 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
Jun 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
I loved Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, that was hysterical. But Pigeon is getting obnoxious with his kvetching and sulking.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, 2012
Moral of the story? Sometimes all you have to do is ask politely.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our 7 year old had fun reading this book. Very cute book.
Briony Donald
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. The pigeon is hilarious :D
Jun 06, 2015 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
Brian Rock
Apr 15, 2013 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
Anne Soderlund
Jun 06, 2015 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
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I adore Mo Willems! We donated a couple of books to a elementary school library, but before doing so--of course, I had to make sure the two books in the pigeon series by Willems were up to par (secretly I just wanted to read them) and this one was definitely as cute as the others.
May 31, 2012 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
Taiba Hussain
May 06, 2012 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 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
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
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, humor, 2012
We have loved the Pigeon stories ever since our girls were really little. Mo Willems is an amazing Children'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
Shawn Thrasher
May 21, 2012 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
Jul 17, 2011 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
Victoria Moore
Sep 02, 2014 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
Sarah Sammis
Apr 03, 2012 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
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book, mo-williams
Although Duckling has made an appearance and somewhat outstaged the Pigeon in an earlier read we find the stage shared once more although with the Pigeon quickly escaping the secondary role to take over the primary role again via his emotional theatrics.

With heartfelt words and a lesson that has been suffered by all this book will definitely touch a chord within readers of all ages. And at the same time this book will be a slight reminder that sometimes the cutest faces learn from the best in
The Library Lady
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love it, love it, love it. Duckling makes a perfect foil for Pigeon and the final punch line is PERFECT. Willems shows here his talent for duos he's been showcasing in "Elephant and Piggy" books.

Lots more like this, please, Mo, and lots less sentimental "Love You Forever" twaddle like Knuffle Bunny Free.
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!"
Hannah Cobb
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
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.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
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