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Pigeon #2

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

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PreSchool-Grade 2-The star of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Hyperion, 2003) returns in another irresistible tale. Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the puerile pigeon attempts to talk his way out of the inevitable, coming up with requests that range from manipulative (I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational) to cajoling (Y'know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day-¦) to classic (Can I have a glass of water?). Meanwhile, the fowl fights yawns and tries to keep his wide eye open, despite a drooping lid. Defying drowsiness to the last, he finally falls asleep, clutching his stuffed bunny tightly under his wing. Set against comfortably faded pastel backgrounds, the cartoon artwork focuses tightly on the main character, with his comments presented in dialogue balloons. The black-crayon lines speak volumes, as the pigeon's body language and the positioning of his ever-expressive eye humorously convey each nuance of the text. Children will be charmed by this bedtime treat, which will have them laughing out loud at the pigeon-and at themselves.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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40 pages, Hardcover

First published April 1, 2006

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Mo Willems

285 books3,778 followers
#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 readers, and published You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons, an annotated cartoon journal sketched during a year-long voyage around the world in 1990-91.

The New York Times Book Review called Mo “the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00's."

Mo’s work books have been translated into a myriad of languages, spawned animated shorts and theatrical musical productions, and his illustrations, wire sculpture, and carved ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation.

Mo began his career as a writer and animator for television, garnering 6 Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street, creating Nickelodeon's The Off-Beats, Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City and head-writing Codename: Kids Next Door.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.

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Profile Image for Tim.
476 reviews616 followers
July 3, 2021
The pigeon: the vile deceiver. He, whose lies know no bounds, returns. This time the bus driver (who apparently is connected to that foul fowl in ways we do not currently comprehend) has a new mission for us whether we choose to accept it or not… don't let the pigeon stay up late.

The vile bird will try to deceive you, he will try to distract you, he will pull out every trick in his considerable arsenal to not send him to bed. Will you stand strong? Will you endure? Or will this diabolical creature win?


This is another solid Pigeon book, again my daughter loves standing up to him and telling him to go to bed. I also find it amusing how many of his tactics she used at one point and now won't because she "doesn't want to sound like the pigeon." All around, another fun Williams book. 4/5 stars
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824 reviews3,224 followers
February 15, 2018
This hilarious pigeon always finds a way to pester the elder ones!

Seriously, don't let the pigeon stay up late! It will create a ruckus as soon as you turn your head.
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454 reviews90 followers
March 8, 2020
این سری کتابها رو نشون کردم باید بخرم برای کاکتوسک هام :))
خنگای کوچولوم
Profile Image for Sophia Triad.
2,239 reviews3,456 followers
June 8, 2018
All time favourite in our house!

The pigeon needs to go to bed.

I'm not even tired!

He prefers to party, to watch TV, to talk about your day, count the stars etc.

And his is not yawing.

I was stretching.

Favourite quote: It's the middle of the day in China!
Profile Image for Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen).
423 reviews1,627 followers
November 15, 2018
Small-fry calls these the ”silly bird books” and gets so excited every time we grab a new one. He honestly laughs and interacts with these stories more than any other.

(Also he calls the bird a bidgeon which is effing adorable, okay.)
Profile Image for Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer.
1,512 reviews5 followers
December 11, 2017
Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...

After the pajama-clad Bus Driver asks the reader to make sure pigeon doesn't stay up late, he comes in and starts trying to persuade the readers to let him stay up late. "I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational" and "Y'know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day-" Until FINALLY he falls asleep, clutching his stuffed bunny.

Do you know a child like this... who has droopy eyes and dark rings but WON'T go to sleep!? Well my nephew really needed this book. We've read other of the books in this series and ADORE them... this one was just as good and so timely for this age when they NEED 12 hours of sleep but barely get 6 or so hours...

The ART blows me away with its simplicity... Really the HUMOR sells the story and I LOVE that it is about manners and doing what's right not what you WANT to do... I really enjoy the pattern in the book from the bird posturing to the multi-panel page... There was NO duck this time though... I missed him and we both kept looking for him!

My nephew LOVES to draw the pages of this series... It's perfect with its simple backgrounds and basic shapes. He chose one of the hardest pages in the book to draw... The bird is NOT straight but is all angles and jumping squawking-ness. I was really happy how well it turned out.

I SOOO appreciate how the words are simplistic enough for children to understand (even ones with aphasia!) what is going on with pigeon and yet depthful enough that adults find it hilarious and enjoyable!!

BOTTOM LINE: Spot On 'Time to Go to Sleep' Book even the kiddos will enjoy!!

You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery...
Profile Image for Matt.
3,727 reviews12.8k followers
July 6, 2018
That dastardly pigeon is at it again and Mo Willems is here to get some young reader participation to help keep things in order. The pigeon spends the entire book trying to tell the reader that he’s not tired and could easily last through the night. Roll out the excuses and the delays, but as long as the reader does not bend, this pigeon should be sawing logs (and munching hot dogs) very soon. Slowly, the pigeon’s resolve fades and there is a yawn or two... but the battle is not over yet. Neo is a great sleeper and bedtime is usually quite easy. If Willems ever writes a “don’t let the pigeon wake with the roosters” book, I think Neo will have to read it daily until it sinks in. This series is pretty cute and Neo loves the defiant pigeon, knowing full well he can control its actions throughout the piece.
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409 reviews282 followers
March 4, 2020
این کتاب جالب و البته عجیبی بود کتابی که کارکردی تربیتی داشت آن هم به روش غیرمستقیم...
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5,800 reviews2,342 followers
April 20, 2018
Pigeon doesn't want to go to bed and he uses every excuse in the book. I've heard many of these before, and if you're a parent, I'm sure you have, too. Pretty cute story!
1,037 reviews116 followers
December 24, 2017
Pigeon wants to stay up late, but for all his shenanigans trying to devise ways to be allowed to stay up late, he actually ends up tiring himself out in the end
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975 reviews183 followers
December 27, 2022
بخش اطفالم و نشستم یه سری کتاب برا اطفال دانلود کردم بخونم براشون.
ولی قبلش باید خودم ببینم چی به چین.
Profile Image for Zahra Labbafan.
398 reviews26 followers
May 12, 2023
کتاب رو نشر کانون پرورش فکری کودکان و نوجوانان با ترجمه پرناز نیری چاپ کرده
نقاشی های کتاب با اینکه خیلی ساده بود ولی به نظرم برای بچه ها جذابه
کتاب طوری هست که باید با بچه بخونید و اون جواب بده به سوال ها و با کتاب همراه بشه
Profile Image for Ronyell.
955 reviews322 followers
February 10, 2013
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!. These are all the books I had read so far from Mo Willems’ popular “Pigeon” series! Recently, I had read another book from Mo Willems’ fantastic “Pigeon” series and it is called “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!” With witty dialogue and cute illustrations, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!” is a fantastic read for children who are fans of the “Pigeon” series!

When the Bus Driver tells the readers that they have to make sure that the Pigeon does not stay up late, the Pigeon comes in and starts trying to persuade the readers to let him stay up late.

Once again, Mo Willems has amazed me with his witty dialogues and humorous illustrations in his popular “Pigeon” series! I loved the way that Mo Willems made the dialogue simplistic enough for small children to get a grasp on what is going on with Pigeon and yet is able to make the dialogue from the Pigeon hilarious enough for adults to enjoy. I loved the way that the Pigeon tries to persuade the readers to let him stay up late as many hilarious dialogues pop up whenever he is trying to convince everyone that he should stay up late. One of my most favorite quotes from the Pigeon was this:

“How about five more minutes? Come on! What’s five minutes in the grand scheme of things!?”

Mo Willems also did a fantastic job at exploring a parent’s frustrations at getting their own children to go to bed and having the Pigeon trying to persuade the readers to let him stay up late is really something that many parents would enjoy reading over and over again! I also loved Mo Willems’ illustrations as they were hilarious to look at and I also loved the simplistic drawings of the illustrations as they were extremely cute to look at! I really loved the image of the Pigeon himself as he has blue fur and constantly has crazy expressions on his face whenever he desperately wants events to go his way.

Overall, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late” is a fantastic book for anyone who is a huge fan of the “Pigeon” series and for parents who also had trouble getting their children to go to bed! I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since the writing is simple enough for younger children to understand.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog
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120 reviews33 followers
May 30, 2021
بسم الله...

گاهی فکر می کنم بعضی کتاب ها شیوهء کتابخوانی خاصی برای بچه ها دارند و این یکی حتما جزو آن دسته است!ا

هیچ وقت از کتاب های انتخابی سید یحیا نبوده چون پسرک با زیرکی می داند که این کتاب یعنی زود خوابیدن!ا

Profile Image for Holly Ducarte.
Author 7 books27 followers
December 19, 2020
My 5 year old daughter loves Pigeon books. This one is a big favourite, as we find this silly pigeon trying to convince the reader he isn’t sleepy. He comes up with the funniest excuses. Ones parents will likely find relatable to the things their own kids say.
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459 reviews11 followers
December 10, 2018
Willems is fantastic. Pure bliss. Fun, imaginative and so deliriously creative. I’ve just started mining the school library so I’ll search for more Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie books.
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949 reviews38 followers
August 23, 2020
"You can't say no to a bunny, can you?" Uhhh my 3 rabbits are proof of how true this statement is.
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90 reviews
February 6, 2018
This is a great bedtime book. You can replace your child's name into the story and make them laugh if you have a rascal child who makes excuses for going to bed.
Profile Image for Annie ⚜️.
501 reviews16 followers
January 19, 2019
Funny. Reminds me of my son pulling out all the stops to stay up past his bedtime so he thinks it's highlarious. 🙄😂
Profile Image for Steve Holden.
477 reviews8 followers
June 14, 2017
The third in this silly series that I've owned and shared repeatedly with my classes. This one has the same premise - and it's silly - but this one connects with students the best. Every child can connect with not wanting it to be bedtime. It's fun sharing a book like this, and then leading a discussion with a classroom of young students about what they've done similarly when told it's bedtime! I read this and all the others I've owned in the series a lot when I taught first grade, but in second grade, I feature them and often refer to them in discussions and conversations. I feel Mo Willems is one of our very best current picture book authors for young readers, and I want to be sure I have all of my favorites properly reviewed on this challenge!
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7,241 reviews215 followers
December 18, 2009
Sean's last Hanukkah gift was two books by Mo Willems: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. Parents will find this story of the pigeon who doesn't want to go to bed very funny. I think I've heard every excuse that the pigeon uses from Sean. As with the other pigeon books the narrator warns the reader about the pigeon and his need to go to bed. After he leaves, the pigeon speaks to the reader, trying to stay up as late as possible.
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242 reviews14 followers
February 25, 2013
Read this a few times and re-read it today. This is a good series, but the real jewel is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. After you've read that the rest are just ho-hum.

I like reading this to kids because they love to shout the wrong answer...May I stay up late? YES!!! They all scream! Then their mothers and preschool teachers get upset.

Don't hassle your kids for participating in a story! I say, LET THEM EAT CAKE.

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