Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Book rating: 03 Paperback

By (author) Mo Willems

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  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 35 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 231mm x 3mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844285138
  • ISBN 13: 9781844285136
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 124

Product description

When a bus driver takes a break in this hilarious Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, 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 brilliantly original and funny picture book demands audience participation!

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Author information

Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. His celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions as well as three Honors. Other favourites include Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs and That Is Not a Good Idea. Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Paris, France. Find him online at and on twitter as @The_Pigeon.

Customer reviews

By leigh Mckechnie 12 Apr 2014 5

This book is an all time family favourite. The story begins with a bus driver asking the reader to keep an eye on his bus while he attends to something and to be sure and not let the pigeon drive the bus. The pigeon, of course, tries every argument and tactic in the book to convince the reader to let him fulfill his dream of driving the bus. It is a simply presented story because it is so well told and cleverly witty that it doesn't need more. Big and little kids will get the humour as we can all relate to having behaved in a similar way to the pigeon at some stage in life when we have been denied something that we want. Having borrowed this book numerous times from the library, we bought it for our daughter who simply giggles every time this book is read, along with mum and dad. Do yourself a favour and read this.

By Lottos Gutierrez 03 Apr 2014 1

Complete disappointment. The illustrations are bland and completely repetitive, and the storyline is completely lacking in humour or educational purpose. This is perhaps the only book in my child's vast collection that she has not liked.

By Farrah Tate 23 Nov 2013 5

Our 3 year old toddler, my partner and myself absolutely love reading this book. It's one book that we never tire of reading and we ALWAYS have a giggle. Pigeon is such a character and has us in stitches with his negotiations, scheming, plotting and temper tantrums. We love how involved our son gets with the characters in the book. I know my son will be absolutely delighted to receive some of the other Mo Willems 'Pigeon' series books for Christmas.

Review quote

"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"