Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (Pigeon)

by Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (Pigeon)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Pigeon
In this hilarious, interactive bedtime read in Mo Willems' award-winning Pigeon series, it's getting late and the bus driver is going to brush his teeth and get ready for bed. Will you do him a favour while he is gone – don't let the pigeon stay up late! But the pigeon is wide awake: he isn't even tired – in fact he's in the mood for a hot-dog party! So will YOU let him stay up late?

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Publishers Weekly

Double agent that he is, Willems reveals proven bedtime-delaying strategies to children and child-wranglers alike. As in his "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!", a fatherly figure cheerfully delivers the title instructions and tiptoes offstage, leaving readers to ponder their baby-sitting assignment. The tantrum-prone Pigeon then marches into the otherwise empty frame, announcing, "First of all, I'm not even tired!" He's in the mood for an all-you-can-eat "hot dog party" -referencing "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!" -and, in another droll product placement, enlists a greenish Knuffle Bunny doll as a tool for persuasion ("My bunny wants to stay up, too!"). From the get-go, the feathered hero is punchy, with heavy gray eyelids, but soon charcoaly half-circles appear under his eyes, and he is overcome by a gargantuan yawning fit that fills an entire spread ("OK, that was "not" a yawn! I was stretching"). Willems uses voice bubbles and emphatic lettering to suggest the Pigeon's tone of voice, and his solid-color backgrounds progressively dim from soft pink to lavender to a relaxing gray-blue and warm violet, enhancing the growing sense of drowsiness. At last, the hyperactive Pigeon succumbs to slumber, but sleep-resistant and savvy readers will likely plead to read this again. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)

Copyright 2006 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 2 -The star of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" (Hyperion, 2003) returns in another irresistible tale. Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the puerile pigeon attempts to talk his way out of the inevitable, coming up with requests that range from manipulative ( -I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational -) to cajoling ( -Y'know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day -& -) to classic ( -Can I have a glass of water? -). Meanwhile, the fowl fights yawns and tries to keep his wide eye open, despite a drooping lid. Defying drowsiness to the last, he finally falls asleep, clutching his stuffed bunny tightly under his wing. Set against comfortably faded pastel backgrounds, the cartoon artwork focuses tightly on the main character, with his comments presented in dialogue balloons. The black-crayon lines speak volumes, as the pigeon's body language and the positioning of his ever-expressive eye humorously convey each nuance of the text. Children will be charmed by this bedtime treat, which will have them laughing out loud at the pigeon -and at themselves." -Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

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Mo Willems
#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE, and KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO: A TALE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009. He lives with his wife and daughter in Western Massachusetts.

#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE, and KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO: A TALE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009. He lives with his wife and daughter in Western Massachusetts.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780786837465
Lexile Measure
470L
Guided Reading Level
K
Publication date
April 20, 2006
Series
Pigeon

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