Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! / words and pictures by Mo Willems.
- ISBN: 9780545327350
- ISBN: 078681988X (hc)
- ISBN: 9780786819881
- Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2003.
Caldecott honor book, 2004.
Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2005.
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- 5 of 11 copies available at Kenton County.
- 1 current hold with 11 total copies.
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- School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2003 May
PreS-Gr 2-A brilliantly simple book that is absolutely true to life, as anyone who interacts with an obdurate three-year-old can attest. The bus driver has to leave for a while, and he makes one request of readers: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus." It's the height of common sense, but the driver clearly knows this determined pigeon and readers do not-yet. "Hey, can I drive the bus?" asks the bird, at first all sweet reason, and then, having clearly been told no by readers, he begins his ever-escalating, increasingly silly bargaining. "I tell you what: I'll just steer," and "I never get to do anything," then "No fair! I bet your mom would let me." In a wonderfully expressive spread, the pigeon finally loses it, and, feathers flying and eyeballs popping, screams "LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!!!" in huge, scratchy, black-and-yellow capital letters. The driver returns, and the pigeon leaves in a funk-until he spies a huge tractor trailer, and dares to dream again. Like David Shannon's No, David (Scholastic, 1998), Pigeon is an unflinching and hilarious look at a child's potential for mischief. In a plain palette, with childishly elemental line drawings, Willems has captured the essence of unreasonableness in the very young. The genius of this book is that the very young will actually recognize themselves in it.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.