Watch out for this Pigeon!
If you have a child in your life, or one hiding inside you somewhere, you deserve to meet Pigeon and his creator, Mo Willems. Mo and his menagerie (Knuffle Bunny, Edwina, Elephant and Piggie) have won enough honors and awards (yes, Caldecotts) to collapse many mantels, and after just a little time with them, you'll understand why. My present favorite is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! in which Pigeon whines, cajoles, begs, canoodles, and screams like a three-year-old, trying to get the reader to let him drive the bus. Your three to seven-year-olds will giggle themselves silly as they scream "Nooo!" to Pigeon's increasingly zany bargaining. "I'll tell you what: I'll just steer," or "I never get to do anything," and even the old standby "No fair! I bet your mom would let me." Ultimately, we all see ourselves in this crazy, conniving pigeon, and keep laughing ourselves all the way to wisdom. Here's the Skinny: It never hurts to start early in giving our kids fun ways to learn to just say "Nooooo!"