Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Book - 2013
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This 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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2013
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781423183709
1423183703
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 16 cm

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susan_findlay
Mar 12, 2017

This book was a lot of fun to read. My husband read aloud while I got our two kids (ages 1 and 3) yelling "no!" at the pigeon's requests to drive the bus.

The artwork is intentionally juvenile, but it suits the silliness of the story.

This book will only be good if you're willing to be silly and have fun with it.

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pink_cat_2301
Jun 02, 2016

This is a vary great and fun book

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Josh1970
Jun 02, 2016

This book was very funny and can bring joy to anyone's day! The book made me laugh out loud and I would recommend this book to anyone!!!

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mom19
Feb 16, 2016

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mmcbeth29
Jan 13, 2016

SUMMARY: "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."

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are very plain--a blue pigeon on a peach background. The pigeon's expressiveness is not as complex as with Mo Williams later works.

THE GOOD: This is the kind of book very young children enjoy in a group setting. The bus driver tells the children not to let anyone drive the bus and as the pigeon comes along begging to drive the bus, the children get to say no over and over to the pigeon. This gives the children a sense of power. I like the realism of the tantrum the pigeon throws. It is exactly the same as so many children have thrown before! And no matter what pigeon throws out to the reader, the pigeon never gets to drive the bus because it is the wrong thing to do.
THE NOT AS GOOD: I did not enjoy the illustrations in this book as much as I have with Williams other books. The one-eyed pigeon comes off as a little creepy. And when he is at the height of his tantrum, his red one eye is a bit demonic looking.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 2-6. This book is best read in a group setting for the full effect.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 3-5. When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a pigeon volunteers to replace him. What would you do if you were riding his bus? You’ll have several chances to change your mind.

BookReviewer2015 Jul 23, 2015

A funny and fun children's book!

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Maddieblueeyes
Jun 17, 2015

This is our favourite book!

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ralphiespencer15
Mar 13, 2015

Today we read this book to the class (2 .5- 5y) and they loved it. A simple story with a fun plot that children can follow and they will enjoy the vibrant pictures
A goofy bird who wants to drive the bus

ps160librarian Oct 23, 2014

I love this book!

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Feb 17, 2016

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mrhuff
Jun 04, 2015

mrhuff thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and under

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Jemaiser
Apr 11, 2014

Jemaiser thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 6

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tarsheen thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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blue_dog_6382 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 4

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Audrey2009
Apr 12, 2013

Audrey2009 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 4

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TheEebs
Mar 21, 2013

TheEebs thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and under

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Aug 15, 2012

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Twoey Gray
Aug 16, 2008

The pigeon is determined to drive the bus, but the bus driver specified not to let him. Will you?

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