Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What-I'm-Reading-Wednesday: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Mo Willems, writer and illustrator extraordinaire, has won my 3 year old's heart for life.  We have read and reread, and read some more Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  This children's book tells the story of a very determined Pigeon who only wants to help your child by driving a city bus.  The Pigeon's simple dreams are crushed by the driver of the bus who asks your child to watch the bus until he returns.  The driver emphatically tells your child "don't let the pigeon drive the bus".  Laughter ensues as the Pigeon asks your child in every possible way to let him drive the bus before the Pigeon breaks down and throws a horrible tantrum.  But then a huge dump truck appears! The Pigeon's dream of driving the city bus quickly turns into an even grander idea of driving a monster sized dump truck.  The Pigeon's happiness is restored!

The book's genius is in relating the Pigeon's behavior to a toddler's.  My daughter would laugh and laugh as she told the Pigeon "NO!" over and over, much like her parents have said to her.  As the Pigeon has a meltdown, my daughter would sadly shake her head and say "Poor Pigeon!"  My daughter's giggles would return when she and the Pigeon saw the huge dump truck make an appearance.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  is the start of a nine book series featuring the crazy antics of the Pigeon and what he should or should not do.  If interested in this book or any of Mo Willems other books, please visit us at the Lewis J. Ort library on the Frostburg State University campus.  We have a wonderful Juvenile collection and would be more than happy to show it off! You can also request this volume from the Ort Library catalog here: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!.  Click on "Availability", then click on the yellow "Request" button, and login using your last name and 14-digit Library barcode number on your ID. If you need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395. We hope to see you soon!

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