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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
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Dec 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: easy-readers, picturebooks, humor

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!

The text uses simple words to deliver Pigeon's plea for the puppy he's sure he wants. Pigeon is very clear about hie wants, dreams, and needs for happiness, and expresses them with persistence and a tantrum, and Willems' trademark humor and exaggeration. The large font will make this a good choice for beginning readers.

Willems' illustrations communicates a wide range of emotions with a few strokes that portray distinct pigeon body language and small changes of the eyelids and eyes. Willems accentuates the humor of the text with his gyrating portrayal of the persistent Pigeon. Be sure to check both front and back endpapers.

While not as perfect as Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus, this is very funny and also delivers a message about responsibility, manipulation, and rapidly shifting wants. This is recommended for school and public library collections.

For ages 3 to 7, pets, responsibilities, humor, cause-effect, animals, manipulation, persistence, beginning readers and fans of Pigeon and Mo Willems.

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