Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!


A brilliantly simple book that is absolutely true to life, as anyone who interacts with an obdurate three-year-old can attest. 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. –School Library Journal

Willems is a professional animator, and each page has the feel of a perfectly frozen frame of cartoon footage–action, remarkable expression, and wild humor captured with just a few lines. Preschoolers will howl over the pigeon’s dramatics, even as they recognize that he wheedles, blows up, and yearns to be powerful just like they do. –Booklist


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Cronin, Doreen. Giggle, Giggle, Quack. Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Hort, Lenny. The Seals on the Bus. Henry Holt, 2000.

Kovalski, Maryann. The Wheels on the Bus. Little, Brown, 1987.

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Raffi. The Wheels on the Bus. Crown, 1988.

Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Roaring Brook, 2002.

Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2002.

Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. Hyperion, 2006.

Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Hyperion, 2004.

Willems, Mo. Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Hyperion, 2005.

Willems, Mo. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog. Hyperion, 2004.

Zane, Alexander. The Wheels on the Race Car. Orchard, 2005.

Zelinsky, Paul. The Wheels on the Bus. Dutton, 1990.