April 22, 2013

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:24 am by suebe2

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
by Mo Willems
Hyperion
AR 4.9

Have you read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus lately?  If not, then its time to pick up a copy to celebrate the book’s 10th anniversary.

This is one of those tongue-in-cheek books where the characters interact not with each other, but with the reader.  First on is, not the pigeon, but the bus driver.  He’s going on a break and will be right back and you, the reader, are to keep a certain feathered fowl from driving his beloved bus.

Good luck!

Why do you need luck?  Because Pigeon is no common fowl.  He will beg. He will plead.  He will demand.  And, if all else fails, he will throw one unholy tantrum.

Young readers are going to have no problem whatsoever identifying with Pigeon.  He wants so very badly to drive the bus and no one will let him.  These same readers will also be pulled in by Willems’ drawings.  Adults — do not be fooled.  They look crude and overly simple but Willems is a pro at getting emotion and action from broad black lines and some simple color.  Page through the book and you will see what I mean.  You don’t have to read one single word and you will still know exactly what emotion Pigeon is feeling and this bird is an emotional powder keg.

It’s hard to believe that this book is already ten years old.  Pick up a copy today and prepare to laugh with the young book lover  in your life.

–SueBE

 

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1 Comment »

  1. […] has all the sass of Mo Willem’s Pigeon (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) and just as clearly recognizes both that sass and a few defiant tendencies in young readers. […]


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