Monday, September 15, 2008

Somebody stop me, I'm on a roll!

I promise this is not turning into a book blog! But I do love books and I want to post about things I love, so...

Bear with me as I share another book discovery. I've been taking the Littles to weekly preschool storytime at the library. Last week, the librarian read a funny book entitled Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! I liked the simple illustrations that had an almost retro feel. I liked how author used speech balloons to convey the plucky pigeon's personality. It made an amusing read-aloud, since every page presented the children in the audience an opportunity to shout, "No!" (when the pigeon begs and pleads to drive.) I admit to laughing out loud during storytime and enjoying the book as much as the 4-year-olds!

I had seen the book at the bookstore (on date night, of course!) and noticed there were others in the series. But when I went to the library the other night (to pick up school books I had put on hold,) I couldn't for the life of me remember the author's last name. The library was closing, and I didn't have time to look it up, so I decided to research it at home for a later visit.

Here's what I found out:

-the author's name is Mo Willems and he has a fun website, too! guess that's what all good children's authors do these days
-yes, there are more Pigeon books - four, actually. The latest of which is The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
-in addition to the Pigeon books, Willems has authored several other children's titles
-Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was a 2004 Caldecott Honor Book
-Mo Willems was head writer for the first four seasons of the cartoon Codename: Kids Next Door--one of our family's all time favorite kids' shows! Cool!

I'm hoping at least one of the Pigeon books is on the shelf next time we visit. We always love a good laugh around here!


About Janice said...

We loved that book too! Thanks for sharing about the website!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Keep 'em coming! I get to pick up Bats at the Library tomorrow!