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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
Published by Disney Press
5.58 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.3 / 5.0
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Apr 1, 2003
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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.

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English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
5.75 / 7.0

My children were way past picture books by the time this book came out. So glad I get an opportunity with the next generation to make this a regular in our story rotation. The story happens on every page in the book, starting on the front endpapers, pages before the dedication shows up with the featured pigeon dreaming of driving a bus…Said pigeon is adorable, and persistent, negotiating at least as well as your favorite toddler. The simple, pastel drawings depict the pigeon’s passionate efforts to persuade the reader to ‘please, please, please’ let him drive the bus. Such a fun turn of the tables to let your toddler listener be the one to say no to the pigeon’s impassioned plea.

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
5.5 / 7.0

For toddlers who are constantly reminded to listen to their parents and be good helpers, it’s an awful lot of fun say NO over and over again! This silly book provides lots of opportunity for interaction and has the fun effect of putting little ones in the position of no to the begging, whining, hilarious pigeon. My three-year-old daughter loves this book so much that her one-year-old sister learned to join in the fun by shaking her head even before she could say any words. We love this crazy pigeon!

The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.5 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

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Mo Willems

Mo Willems knows a Good Idea when he sees one. A three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for <em>Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!</em>, <em>Knuffle Bunny</em>, and <em>Knuffle Bunny Too</em>), he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his Elephant and Piggie books. His books are perennial <em>New York Times</em> bestsellers, including <em>Knuffle Bunny Free</em>, <em>Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!</em>, and the Cat the Cat series. Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on <em>Sesame Street</em>, where he won six Emmys. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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