Book Review: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems.  This brilliantly written book is one of the funniest I have read in a long time.  There might be a chance I enjoy it more than my kids, but that can be our little secret!

A Caldecott Honor Winner in 2003, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, is an interactive book perfect for reading to two or more children at a time.  Why?  When the bus driver has to leave his post, he puts young readers in charge of watching the bus.  In comes a sneaky pigeon who begs and pleads to drive the bus.  The key to this book is to pause and allow your kids to respond (okay yell) at the pigeon.  My little boy and girl love being in charge and being able to tell the pigeon “NO!”…followed by giggles and smiles.

Really it’s that simple – and so are the illustrations…but that’s what I enjoy most about it.  So much I plan on checking out his other popular books including Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! and The Ducking Gets a Cookie!?.

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