Module 6 covered picture books for younger and older kids.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
This is a picture book for preschool aged children. A bus driver tells the reader that he is stepping away for a moment, but that they shouldn’t let the pigeon drive the bus. The pigeon proceeds to try to convince the reader to let him do just that.
This book is kind of genius. It let’s kids say their favorite word over and over again: “no!” I like the simple, sketchy art and the humor in this book.
“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” (Ratterree, 2003).
That is another good point. The children will even sympathize with the pigeon himself because they are familar with not always getting what they want.
I know this is the obvious answer, but this is the PERFECT story time book. After I read this for class I tried it out at our preschool story time and the kids loved shouting “no” at each page. It also fit into our transportation theme we had this week. Other uses could be to suggest this book to a concerned parent whose child is his “no” phase.
Willems, M. (2008). Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! New York: Scholastic.
Ratterree, D. (May 2003). Book of the Week: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems. School Library Journal Online. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA296263.html.