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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
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Dec 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ages-2-6, animals, birds, bus, caldecott-honor, humor, interactive, picture-book, pre-school, si-624, persistence, pigeons

The bus driver entrusts his audience with a super important task: not to let the pigeon drive the bus, no matter how hard the pigeon tries to convince readers otherwise. Sure enough, pigeon tries every trick in the book to gain access to the bus, providing children with a humorous interactive story. The story smartly utilizes minimalism where appropriate, such as the comical set-up and the illustration style. Muted, solid colored back drops surround the pigeon, allowing children to focus on the pigeon’s hilarious expressions, which build into an insane temper tantrum. With thick crayon-like lines, Willems captures the pigeon’s movements, facial expressions, and emotional state. Although simple, the pigeon’s wide range of plots and ploys has led to a character children embrace as well as the creation of several successful sequels. A Caldecott Honor book, Willem’s first Pigeon books deserves a place in every circulating children’s collection. With perhaps the funniest title out there, this book is highly recommended for children ages two to six. (Four and a half stars)

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