Day 43 is another Caldecott award winner - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. This is intended to be an interactive book, best when your child knows how to say 'no'. (Haha, we're looking forward to that). The premise is basically a sweet but conniving pigeon progressively attempts to convince you, the reader, to let him drive the bus, while you're honour-bound (through a promise made to the driver at the start) that you won't. Oh, the allegory for denying toddler demands is so thick and delicious! And the story is pretty cool, too. The illustrations are simple but very expressive, and I can see and escalating crescendo of 'no!' accompanying reading with a verbal child. (Lord knows what happens if they're devious and decide the pigeon can do as he likes - I suspect the concept falls down at that point). Really looking forward to seeing how Master A likes this when he has a few words to throw out there. The ending is also well worth it.
Master A's verdict: Really enjoyed the pictures. You can also find it being read on YouTube.
- Title: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
- Author/Illustrator: Mo Willems
- Source: Purchased at local bookstore and in home library
- Publisher: Disney
What's on tomorrow? Hairy McLairy! (really, this time)