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Don't let the pigeon drive the bus

by Willems, Mo,

Format: Book on CD 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Audiovisual CD JF WIL
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audiovisual
 
Call Number  CD JF WIL
 
 
Summary
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place -- a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS. In his winning debut, Willems finds the preschooler in a pigeon: a cajoling, tantrum-throwing, irresistible bird. I've got to leave for a little while, says a uniformed bus driver as he strolls off the opening pages. I thought he'd never leave, says the big-eyed pigeon as he marches onto the next spread and begins his campaign to drive the bus. His tactics, addressed to an unseen audience, are many: he reasons (I tell you what: I'll just steer ); he whines (I never get to do anything! ); he's creative (Let's play \lquote Drive the Bus'! I'll go first ); he bargains (C'mon!ust once around the block! ). Finally he erupts in a feather-flying tantrum, followed by a drooping sulk that ends only when a truck arrives, and new road fantasies begin. Librarians may struggle with the endpapers, which contain important story content, but the design is refreshingly minimal, focusing always on the pigeon; he's the only image on nearly every earth-toned spread. 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. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The premise of this cheeky debut is charmingly absurd. When a bus driver goes on break, he asks the audience to keep an eye on his vehicle and the daft, bug-eyed pigeon who desperately wants to drive it. The pigeon then relentlessly begs readers for some time behind the wheel: "I tell you what: I'll just steer. My cousin Herb drives a bus almost every day! True story." Willems hooks his audience quickly with the pigeon-to-reader approach and minimalist cartoons. The bluish-gray bird, outlined in black crayon, expresses countless, amusing emotions through tiny shifts in eye movement or wing position. The plucky star peeks in from the left side of a page, and exhibits an array of pleading strategies against window-pane panels in mauve, salmon and willow ("I'll be your best friend," he says wide-eyed in one, and whispers behind a wing, "How 'bout I give you five bucks?"). Finally he erupts in a full-spread tantrum on an orange background, the text outlined in electric yellow ("Let me drive the bus!!!"). When the driver returns and takes off, the bird slumps dejectedly until a big red truck inspires a new round of motoring fantasies. Readers will likely find satisfaction in this whimsical show of emotions and, perhaps, a bit of self-recognition. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Pigeon series
#1 - Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!
#2 - Don't let the pigeon stay up late!
#3 - The Pigeon finds a hot dog!
#4 - The Pigeon has feelings, too!
#5 - The Pigeon loves things that go!
#6 - The Pigeon wants a puppy!
#7 - The Ducklings gets a cookie!?
#8 - The Pigeon needs a bath!
#9 - Don't let the pigeon finish this activity book!
Subjects Pigeons -- Juvenile fiction.
Bus drivers -- Juvenile fiction.
Pigeons -- Fiction.
Bus drivers -- Fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York, NY :2009
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Do not let the pigeon drive the bus
Contributors Scieszka, Jon, narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Jon Scieszka and Mo Willems.
Other Contributors Music by Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds.
Language English
Notes Title from disc label.
Compact discs.
Duration: 00:12:43.
Track 1: Story with page-turn signals (4:06), track 2: Story without page-turn signals (4:00), track 3: An interview with Mo Willems (4:37).
Description 1 audio disc (approximately 12 min., 43 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780545134439
0545134439
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