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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 preschooler's temper tantrum.
- Great quotes!
My 3-yr old son got this book recently and he's got it just about memorized... he loves how the pigeon tries to negotiate and just the other day, my son says to me "PLLLEEAASEE!!???!!! I'll be your best friend! I'll give you five bucks." just like the pigeon. We also have "Don't let the Pigeon Stay up Late" which is just as charming....more info
- We need more pigeons!
My kids love all these pigeon books, especially my 5 yr old who is just learing to read. Nothing thrills him more than to read this book to me. We have all these pigeon books and read at least one of them every night. I understand from reviews here that some of the other pigeon books are "board" books so I haven't gotten those yet. As soon as some more pigeon books show up we'll be buying those too. Great books!...more info
- Your kids will love the empowerment of telling someone else 'no'!
My boys love this story; my older one is a bit of an actor and likes to play the 'pigeon' for the younger one's enjoyment. A lot of fun for preschoolers, and easy for older kids to read to younger siblings. Fun reading and a good buy!...more info
- best children's book ever!
My kids love this book and I don't mind reading it over and over (and over) because it's fun to read. You must be able to channel your inner pigeon, however, to get the full effect of this story....more info
- Light-hearted fun
There's not much to this book, story-wise, but I think kids get a kick out of the wacky antics of a pigeon who acts very child-like in an attempt to drive a bus. You breeze right through this book. Very fun....more info
- We really love this one
The pigeon throws all the standard tricks to get you to let him drive the bus, you say no a lot, he doesn't drive the bus, everybody's happy. (Except the pigeon, but he's easily distracted.)
This is weird to say, but we *especially* like the endpapers. Mo Willems has great endpapers in his books. The front inside cover shows the pigeon daydreaming about driving a bus, and the last one shows him daydreaming about driving a truck, and for some reason this is The Funniest Thing Ever for the nieces.
This book will tend to hype a kid up. Not recommended for naptime, but definitely great for the more fidgety kids, who get distracted at storytime easily. It *demands* audience participation....more info
- Kids love it and it teaches an important lesson
This gem won the Caldecott Honor award and should be a part of every family's library. (I've given a bunch to grandkids and others.) Resisting peer pressure is the theme. It goes over well when read to those who aren't yet readers....more info
- For all the family
I came across this book when my wife found it on the shelf in a local bookshop.
She read it and encouraged our son to stop dancing around the bookstands and concentrate and read it.
Although he prefers video games he loved it.
When I met up with them, he was so enthusiastic that he persuaded me to read it.
My daughter then loved it when she had stopped looking at 'her favourite books' in the store.
We all appreciated the simple humour of the book and the appreciation of the pigeon's point of view - which was a learning point for all of us.
PS my daughter is 18 and my son 16!...more info
- Children (and Adults) Love This Book!
This book is hilarious! I chaperone my daughter's kindergarten class on a field trip to the library. The librarian read this book aloud to class with a very entertaining voice. The children's interest never ceased with this book. We all laughed and screamed "DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!!!!" The pigeon will do anything to drive the bus. This is a must have book. I purchased this book and it is one of our family's favorites. The book is so well written that the reader is encouraged to get into character, so to speak. This book is great for young children. My daughter is now in the second grade and this book is way too easy for her, but she enjoys reading it to younger kids. I would recommend this book for reading ages 2 - 5. But entertaining for all ages! ...more info
- The Best of "The Pigeon" Series!!
This is one book I don't mind reading over and over! We've given it so many times as a gift and even recommended to a friend today. My two boys got it as a present about two years ago (now they're 5 and 2 1/2) and they still love it. We've also collected some of the other "Pigeon" books my M. Willems and they're good - but not as good as this one. Second place would go to "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late". ENJOY - we always do!!...more info
- THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My students and children adore it!
I love love LOVE this book. Kids from ages 4-11 will too!!!! Buy it!!! You will not regret it!!!!! ...more info
- kids love to say no
This book lets your child tell someone else no and is very empowering. I bought it based on the reviews and was dissappointed when I read it to myself but sure enough my two year old loves it as much as everyone else's kid did. It's her first pick book at reading time....more info
- More Trouble For That Pigeon
The Pigeon has enamored both my three year old daughter and me since we discovered this series earlier in the year. Author Mo Willems is a true genius; he manages to connect with toddlers and preschoolers every time, in every new book. Because the Pigeon sounds and reacts just like they do, the Pigeon series attracts and then keeps a child's attention through many, many readings. These books quickly become permanent favorites.
In DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, the Pigeon wants (you guessed it) to drive a bus. However, the bus driver has already left the scene and warned the young reader that they should not let the Pigeon drive. The Pigeon then weedles, rants, cajoles, and stomps, trying to convince the reader to let him do what he wants. My youngest loves that the Pigeon speaks directly to her, and she loves answering him right back. Believe me, with my daughter in charge, that Pigeon is not going to drive the bus.
DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! also teaches the lesson that you can't always have what you want. If my child is asking for something she can't have, I just reminder of this story, and she understands. She doesn't like it, but she understands.
Books that get kids to interact with the story are pure gold and give children a life long love of reading. I personally thank Mo Willems for this series; it has made a lasting impression on my daughter and on me. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED....more info
- Too weird for my kids
My kids just didn't get this book. There is no plot and the story (if you can call it that) is just too strange to enjoy. You don't feel sympathetic toward the pigeon, who seems to be talking to himself in a kind of psychotic/obsessive-compulsive rant. The illustrations are fun but I can't recommend this book when there are so many other wonderful children's books to be discovered....more info
- My kids and I laugh out loud!
How could anyone with a sence of humor not laugh out loud! We love this book. My best friend read me this book of her daughters and I was in stitches. I knew I had to buy it for my 3 and 5 year old sons. They love it. You can't just read this book normally. You have to get into it and read it as if you are the whittiest Pigeon ever! And you and your kids will laugh hysterically! It creates a great moment together. We love to laugh with this book. The pigeon finds a hot dog is a blast too!...more info
- Thank goodness for libraries
I didn't spend a whole lot of time researching this book, but when my son enjoyed Knuffle Bunny I thought I'd check out the authors other books. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. I'm going to second what Bea said. There is nothing to recommend - the artwork is just BLAH, the story is not funny, clever, witty, or creative. My almost 4 year old thought it was boring and when asked if he wanted to read either of these pigeon books he said NO. 'Nuff said....more info
- No Fair
Loved the book, 12 grandkids loved the book. Something I hear with that many Grandkids...No Fair. The Pigeon doesn't think it is fair that he can't drive the bus..he says "no fair" so we all got a kick out of it but Emma loved it best of all because she is the queen of No Fair. ...more info
This outstanding childrens book definitely surprised me when I read it the first time. I was expecting great pictures and maybe a cute story, but when I opened the book and began to read I really was able to see what the "hype" about this book was. Being a college student in the elementary education field, I am always challeged to find ways to use different books in my classroom. I found that this book is great for readying to a child, but when paired with a puppet, children are given the opportunity to interact with the characters from the story allowing for a more personal learning experience. I absolutely will recommend this book to many....more info
- Great read for young kids
Both my five year old kinder and two year old love this book. Well illustrated and funny enough for an adult to enjoy reading! Recommended....more info
- We like it
This will prove to be an excellent book for getting our students to begin write....more info
- We love this book!
When I first got this book I thought I would have to save it for when my 19 month was older. Not true, he LOVES this book. Even says some of the words. I don't fully understand it's magic but it has it....more info
- This is a great book!
This poor pigeon tries everything to get you to let him drive the bus. He whines, begs, pleads, and even has a temper tantrum. A great book to read to little ones....more info