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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!


4.29  ·  Rating details ·  86,118 ratings  ·  3,906 reviews
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place—a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a presch ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 5th 2004 by Walker Books Ltd (first published April 1st 2003)
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Allison A Garvey It is very funny and very short I recommend this to 10 and under kids but yes it's very good…moreIt is very funny and very short I recommend this to 10 and under kids but yes it's very good(less)
Kia If you look at the back of the book, the pigeon can't see over the dashboard in one drawing. Maybe he's just tooooo short? :) …moreIf you look at the back of the book, the pigeon can't see over the dashboard in one drawing. Maybe he's just tooooo short? :) (less)

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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Sorry, OKAY? I'm sure that many readers can make well-thought analyzes of this book but :

1) I kinda hate that freaking pigeon.

UGHH so annoying, I swear.

2) I must have read it wrong : I don't see the point at all except making children yell NO!! I mean, good for you, but in my experience, it's not something that hard to achieve now is it? There are books way more interesting that get the readers involved.

3) I must have seen the pictures wrong, because I thought that they were pretty awful, and
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
As part of a Children's Readathon on my blog in August 2018, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems was selected as one of the award-winning books to read. It took home the Caldecott Honor Award in 2004. Since I'd just finished my children's education courses in college right before then, I never had a chance to read this one. It was a first-time experience thanks to the lovely Nina @ The Cozy Pages; she suggested this wonderful book.

A pigeon driving a bus? Well.. it's very cute and p
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
After my daughter and I worked our way through the entire epic Elephant & Piggie saga, we've decided to move on to Mo Willems other big series: The Pigeon. The first in this series is a tale we can all relate to; a tale of greed, ambition, hopes, dreams and wanting to drive a bus.

The story is simple, and delightful to children. A bus driver asks the reader (or at least the person the reader is reading to) to keep a pigeon from driving his bus. The pigeon will use all of his guile to convince yo
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neo really enjoys much of what Mo Willems has to offer and this series is no exception. When the bus driver has to step away for a few minutes, he asks the reader to keep an eye on the bus. Easy work for sure, with only one golden rule: don't let the pigeon drive the bus. Well, that pigeon is as stubborn as a mule and will do anything to get the reader to allow him to drive. When nothing seems to work and pitching a fit gets him nowhere, he storms off, only to encounter another potential adventu ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
I read this book and thought to research some more on pigeons.
All I found was, that pigeons' population is growing leaps and bounds. They are a mess to every car owners. They live where people are there to feed them and all they do it again create a mess.

I can't imagine pigeons taking over the world and ruling over human beings. That's why it is advised not to let the pigeon drive the bus.
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: birds
I liked the illustrations, it was amusing for an adult to read. I read this to my children when they were small, they felt sorry for the pigeon and thought the book would have been more fun if the pigeon had taken the bus for a drive. I can see why some children would enjoy saying no to the pigeon, maybe cathartic after being told no a lot. I'd rather not encourage small children to shout no all the time, sometimes it is necessary but in my experience they don't need encouraging to say that word ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My grandson, Mr. H, loves the pigeon books! With this one he was supposed to tell the pigeon "no" every time he asked to drive the bus. But, Mr. H is a bit of a rebel. He kept telling the pigeon that as long as he was careful he could drive the bus. 🤷‍♀️ ...more
Brent Weeks
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
The friendly bus driver entrusts the reader with not letting the pigeon drive the bus. The rest of the story is the pigeon wheedling the reader to let him drive the bus.

I really like this idea. Younger kids can just read the story and see the pigeon throwing a fit. It’s funny, the pigeon’s silly and tries all the sorts of excuses and whining that a child uses when they want anything.

BUT the text also allows you to take it further: the pigeon says, “Come on, just for 5 minutes?” You can turn to
I have read many books by Mo Willems that have been honored with the Caldecott Honor award, which included the “Knuffle Bunny” series. Now I have recently read “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” which is actually Mo Willems’ first children’s book and is a Caldecott Honor book and it is about how the Pigeon keeps asking the audience if he could drive the bus after the bus driver leaves to run an errand. “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” is truly a memorable book that children can read over ...more
I do not like the artwork of Mo Willems. He did the Elephant and Piggie series and I didn’t like that series. Now, the kids did like it. I went into this with dread, I’ll be honest.

This was very creative. This gets the reader involved. A bus driver asks us to look after his bus while he is gone and he tells us not to let the pigeon drive the bus under any circumstances. The pigeon spends the book trying to get us to let him drive the bus. He uses all the tricks that children use on adults. It’s
Sophia Triad
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is one of these books that you start laughing when you read the title.
The rest of the story is still over the top cutely ridiculous.
The children must not be convinced by the devious pigeon and let it drive the bus when the bus driver takes a break.

And I have to say that this kind of books are equally enjoyable for both my child and myself!
Mar 19, 2009 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS. I thought this was a well thought out book, but I'm not sure how much of dear little Pigeon I'll be able to take. Initially, I thought he was cute if rather whiny (The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!) This time, I thought he was borderline obnoxious and manipulative. Which, of course, is the point, I think! Maybe it's to illustrate the absurdity of kids trying to get their parents to let them do things that there is absolutely no way they can/should do!

It was, perhaps, just my mood and perhaps
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This was my daughter's first exposure to peer pressure. She let that bus driver know that under no circumstance would she let the pigeon drive the bus. Then, when the pigeon was begging and pleading with her, she held her ground and told that bird to back the freak off.

Well done. Keep that attitude when people are trying to talk you into buying smokes that cost $14.75 a pack.
Jul 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those working with 2-5s
A short but snappy story from popular cartoonist Mo Willems. 'Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus' is guaranteed to leave you with a big smile on your face! I am not ashamed to say that this story brought out the dramatist in me as I read it out loud to a mother and toddler group!

The best part had to be the glorious double page spread of illustrations showing all of the pigeon's techniques to convince you to let him drive the bus... "Your MUM said that I could...", "I'll give you five pounds!" (
My 6-year old nephew is learning English, and I bet he's going to love this book...
Or not, because it's too close to home... He's just like that little pigeon, all polite and begging when he wants something, and if you say 'no', he'll explode... But he's a darling, really.

Anyways, great book to read out loud to little kids.
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations and text will make children laugh hysterically as the pigeon gets more and more frustrated. This is an excellent book for demonstrating expressive reading.

Received starred reviews in SLJ and Booklist.
Brenda Cregor
Aug 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
Someone get me some crayons and a word processor with Courier font! There is hope for me to become a published author, yet. :0)

I do not understand why this book EVER won the Caldecott Award ( for illustrations), and with all of my analytic powers have yet to understand the significance of the storyline.

Is it about emotional intelligence?
A masked attack on "bird brained" people?
Union loyalty?

I am underwhelmed.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
A bus driver has to leave for a moment and asks you (the reader), not to let the pigeon drive his bus.
But the pigeon really REALLY wants to drive the bus... and he tries to convince you, he pleads, he begs, will he finally drive it?
Hysterical, I loved the pigeon. Simple yet adorable book.
Maggie Becker
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely adorable! The words were simple and extremely easy to follow. The rhythm of the entire book made it fun to flip the pages and keep up with the pigeons antics. On top of it, the illustrations were simple, which I enjoyed. Sometimes little detail is the best detail. I would definitely read this again and recommend it to others!
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite children's book in the world! The illustrations, the simple writing, everything about this book is amazing. It really brought me back to my childhood.. 5 stars!! ❤️❤️❤️ ...more
You practically have to tie my six year old grandson to a chair to read a story to him. Video games he loves, books not so much. So my hopes weren't high when I brought this book home from the library. I managed to read it to him once last night. He joined right in to the spirit of the book, telling the pigeon 'No' over and over. Then he asked to read it three more times. Then more at bedtime. He also asked if we had to return this one or could we keep it? This morning he talked about writing a ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This strange, funny book -- essentially about a pigeon (read: child) having a tantrum when s/he can't get what s/he thinks she wants -- is the most popular book in the library with young children, according to my community librarian. The fact that a pigeon driving a bus is so random and ludicrous pushes this book from good to great. Plus the minimal yet very expressive drawings of the wheedling, bargaining, begging pigeon with one big round eye. Indirectly, this is also a lesson for the babysitt ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Another wonderful Mo Willems book, that got the whole family involved. I've started reading to the kids over some meals, breakfast with cereal is a favorite one. It's gotten so that even one of my 2 yr old twins, Cole, has been asking me to read as soon as the cereal comes out. Willems is high on our list of favorites and this one was also read several times. Great illustrations and concept, it could almost be labeled a level 1 book for a beginner reader. ...more
Chance Lee
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-it
Willems takes advantage of every page in this story of a pigeon who really really (really) wants to drive the bus. Every page -- the title page, the endpapers. Even the copyright page says "all rights reserved for humans, not pigeons." The artwork is nice, a combination of thick black outlines textured as if drawn with a colored pencil, and smooth ink filling the outlines. Minimalistic, but gets the job done. Unlike pigeon (who doesn't get to drive the bus). ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book, I thought it looked dumb. I was so wrong! It is hands-down the funniest, most enjoyable book for Zoe and me to read together. She laughs hysterically at the pigeon's pleading and his spiral into crazy over wanting to drive the bus. Highly recommend. ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is an excellent example of a dialogue-driven children's book. You can't help but smile as the pigeon in question pleads his case for taking the giant vehicle around the block, perhaps because his reasonings are so similar to that of young kids' arguing style. The double-page, irreverent illustrations only add to the comedy of the pigeon's situation. A must for read-alouds in the primary grades. ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So funny. My son and I were both laughing throughout. I mean, his cousin Herb drives a bus, so Pigeon should totally be allowed to!
Ryan Madman Reads & Rocks
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why would a pigeon want to drive a bus???
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this book for my niece and ended up loving it so much that i decided to keep this copy with myself and buy another for her. Growing up, i had the habit of accepting requests and desires of other people for keeping their hearts even if i didn't feel like it, even now i can't properly deny someone, so I believe if i could read this in my childhood it would have been a big help.
I recommend this for sure.
Petra X has permanently sun-burned eyes
Precious. I love the drawings and the dry wit.
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#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.

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