Willems, Mo – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – Book Review

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This book is a short humorous encounter with a frustrated pigeon. I was surprised to learn it is a Caldecott Honor Award book. The pictures are very simple crayon drawings with little on the page. It isn’t a story as much as it’s a conversation between the pigeon and the reader.

A bus driver leaves and tells the reader “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!” From that point on, the pigeon tries to convince the reader to allow him to drive the bus. Immediately after he experiences an emotional breakdown, the bus driver returns. He thanks the reader for keeping his vehicle safe. The dejected duck wanders away and then discovers a large transport truck. He concludes by imagining himself behind the wheel.

This book could be a good basis for discussion with a small child about not touching dangerous things and obeying safety rules. As well, pigeons excuses will certainly stimulate conversation about arguing. But, most of all, this book is good for a chuckle. Even though the drawings are extremely simple, we understand exactly how the pigeon feels. Recommended.


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