Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Other favorites in our house are the Mo Willems Pigeon books. We have a special connection to Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus because my father-in-law drove a bus in New York City when my husband was little.

I brought it for Mo to sign at SCBWI-Midwinter NY and I told him about my FIL, and he said, “That was the audience I was targeting. The children and grandchildren of former bus drivers.” It should come as no surprise to anyone who has read any Mo Willems book that the man has a sense of humor.

Pigeon is a great character. He always wants to do something a bit unusual for a pigeon and is always, or almost always, thwarted in his plans. He has such an expressive face, too, that everything he is feeling shows to readers, young and old alike, without the need for words.

What is your favorite Pigeon book?

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9 Responses to Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

  1. Haven’t come across the books on this side of the pond, but they sound delightful!

  2. Tanya Reimer says:

    OMG I love the way this book sounds! I just love stopping by, you always have great reading suggestions that are perfect for my little guy. Thanks Brooke!

  3. Mo Willems has a new book just out called Hooray for Amanda and her Alligator. I haven’t read it yet, but it looks like another fun book from the amazing Mo!

    • Carole Anne, thanks for stopping by. Tanya, thanks for the kind words and for always commenting. Catherine, I hadn’t heard of his new one. We’ll have to look for it, thanks!

  4. Anita Miller says:

    If you like PIGEON, you should read Keiko Kasza’s MY LUCKY DAY.

  5. lbdiamond says:

    Lol, the title alone is AWESOME!

  6. I haven’t read the PIGEON books, but they sound charming.

  7. Susanna says:

    I haven’t read all the Pigeon books, but I recently read Mo’s new book, Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator, and I thought that was really well done!

  8. Jeanne Kraus says:

    I love the pigeon books. And I love the Knuffle Bunny Books. I am a reading specialist in an elementary school so am greatly involved in kids’ books. Thanks for visiting my blog. In answer to your question about radio interviews, I did a couple of things. I found a little marketing company that sends out book press releases all over and I got two radio interviews from that. One radio interview I got from a local woman who has a magazine geared for Baby Boomers and she has a talk show in the AM. And the one that was harder to get was a favorite station of mine down here that I listen to all the time. I wrote the station manager and told him I had been a listener for umpteen years and how could I get on the air with my favorite DJ’s? It took us a lot of emails to connect with them and set up a time but we finally did it and I was very happy to be on my favorite station. I was just persistent on making sure that they got back to me because they are so busy.
    I also sent out emails to several other “oldies stations” that I found online but none of them responded. They were not local so it was not as easy.

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