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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus [Paperback]

Mo Willems
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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5 July 2004
When the driver leaves the bus temporarily, he gives the reader just one instruction: Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat: he whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, this is a brilliantly original book.

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  • Paperback: 35 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844285138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844285136
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For a child, it's a delirious formula: all of a sudden, you're in charge of a bus... Well executed and so smartly layered." The New York Times; "This picture book demands audience participation... Readers will identify with the pigeon themselves!" The Bookseller"

About the Author

Six-time Emmy Award Winner and Caldecott Honor recipient Mo Willems spent nine years as a script-writer and animator for "Sesame Street". With over 100 short films and television half-hours to his credit, Mo's distinctive animated films have been shown in festivals around the world and been translated into a myriad of languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for parents that need a little humor! 19 July 2005
By EV
Format:Hardcover
My son adores this book! He is 1 1/2 and literally cries to have this book above all books to be read for him. Honestly I bought it for me, because many children's books are quite dull and lack humor. On more than one occasion I have brought this book out to show other Mom's and they frantically write down the ISBN code to order this book. Have fun reading it!!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noooooooo! 4 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is my favourite kids' book of all time. It's interactive in the sense that the reader can pretend to be the bus driver and the pigeon and the readee can then shout no at the pigeon in response to all his requests. It's funny, brilliantly drawn and my daughter likes it too. Buy it immediately
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun for all 15 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My 2 year-old loves this book (shouting "No!" every time the pigeon asks to drive the bus) and we all enjoy reading it to him, including my 6 year-old son. It's a simple idea which really works (good illustrations, too).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My sons (5 and 2 yrs. old) absolutely adore this book. They laugh at the pigeon who is just begging to drive that bus. The pigeon reminds them of themselves when they try to get their way... and you should see how they love to be able to yell "no!!!" to the pigeon. The simple drawings are delightful and communicate the pigeon's comic and complex emotions. I read this to a class of 4 and 5 yr olds who laughed and shouted and wanted to hear it again and again! An excellent book that will certainly be adored by parents and children alike.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky and demanding...?! 2 July 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not a book that you can read quietly to your chld at night - it demands interaction from both reader and recipient and once the child has got the gist of what they need to do it is really good fun!

Would certainly recommend it to those who maybe are a bit shy of reading in front of their children as a great way to engage (great for Dad's!)

My 3 yr old loves it and once my 1 yr old is off his Thomas obsession I'm sure he will too.

The illustrations are fabulous, maybe a bit too subtle in some cases for my 3 yr old to get the entire gammet of emotions that pigeon expresses... makes it good for re-reading adults.

You need to really get into the book to get the most out of it, so it can be demanding in that it's not one you can read on auto-pilot. Will have to get some more Mo Williams!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is not for children 15 Dec 2007
By the dog
Format:Paperback
amazing piece of literary genius! I am 36 and think this book is awesome. Interactive, alternative humour and a bulwark against twee storylines. I even introduced it my head of department who was immediately won over (although he bought it for his children instead). On a purely critical level, i consider it to be the more superior of all the "pigeon" offerings; however "don't let the pigeon stay up late" is a worthy contender. The series starts to peter off after this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the pigeon drive the bus 8 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is excellent! Great to join in with and makes us laugh everytime we read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got feelings you know! 27 Jun 2007
By Andy H
Format:Paperback
My wife bought this and when I read it I looked at her stony faced and suggested we send it back. At first sight it's the oddest thing. Really strange. We tried it on our girls 2 & 4, and they loved it from the start. Laugh out loud, giggly, silly fun. Now they know it word for word, read it back to me and shout "No" at every page. I still don't get it though!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This is a terrible book, I am surprised it has so many positive reviews. Went straight in the bin.
Published 21 days ago by Hetty
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I really don't know why I bought this book, the reviews were mixed and I was undecided but somehow I ended up buying it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phillip M Capewell
5.0 out of 5 stars for children
have books for children to read to them in sessions if they want, these pigeon books are tongue in cheek humour and they are a favourtite
Published 5 months ago by danglepuss
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the pigeon read the book
This is a fantastic book. Found it in the library and had to buy a copy. Daughter absolutely loves it!
The Book arrived on time & the packaging was sufficient. Great! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Charlotte Heap
3.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant
I ordered this book for our school, disappointed with the quality, it had a sale sticker stuck on the front of the book which is extremely hard to get off, 5 of the pages were... Read more
Published 6 months ago by suzyque
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Me and my son loved this book. If you have a sense of humor then this is brilliant. It's obviously aimed at a younger audience but my son was given it when he was three years old... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms. E. L. Houghton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I bought this book for my daughters on the strength of reviews. When I received it and flicked through myself, I didn't quite see what all the fuss was about. Read more
Published 7 months ago by HayleyJA
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
My Daughter brought this book home from the school library and I have to say, thank goodness I didn't waste my money buying it. It's the worst book I've ever read to my children. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michelle Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont let the pigeon take my book!!!!!
I used this book as a Literacy base for my Reception class! They love it!! Itinsired great writing using own ideas and we have even made our pwn class book about what else they... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different
Very different kids book. Great fun, and a nice one to get the kids interested in! Read it several times (as you do!) and it still keeps them interested.
Published 8 months ago by Yvonne
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