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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2005
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
on 4 February 2005
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
on 15 November 2004
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2007
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2005
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
on 15 December 2007
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
on 8 July 2004
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
on 27 June 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My children LOVE this book and so do I! My 34 month old loves the story and loves saying 'no' to the pigeon. My 12 month old adores the pictures and frankly so do I. It's so simple, it's brilliant. It's a perfect combination of bright, simple illustrations that speak VOLUMES and a comical (and again simple) storyline which is basically all about saying 'no' - or from the pigeon's perspective - not being allowed to do what you want! You empathise with the poor pigeon (who is essentially just a toddler desperate to do something they're not allowed) and the drawings are just fabulous. My daughter (the 34 month old) thinks the 'tantrum' page is the best and I'm always telling her that's what she looks like when she's cross!) I can't get enough of this book - even though there are very few words to this book, the illustrations tell the story and I love discussing it with my toddlers. This is a really different book and I love it so much I've bought it for several friends' children too. I would highly recommend this book and don't think you would be disappointed but not sure about the others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2010
When I first saw this book I read through and thought it quite amusing, but didn't really think it would appeal to my class of Y1s...

How wrong I was. On the first reading I don't think I had ever seen them laugh so much at any other book I had read. The class now know the book word for word and -we- read it as a special treat they love it that much.

I can see the one-star reviewers point of view, I think if your a parent reading it to a single young child, the humour might be lost. Provided its read well, in the right context, this is a fabulous book!
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