Toddler Books: The Pigeon Series
Do Let the Pigeon Into Your Heart
As a working mama, my time with my son is precious. My favorite part of the day is reading to him when he sits on my lap and laughing at books. If you read to children, you know there is no middle. Children’s books are either transcendentally good or terribly written. Fun fact, kids know the difference. Rhys, my son, can tell when a book is well written and will fidget and let me know if he doesn’t like it. HIs favorite books at the moment are Mo Willem’s Pigeon books.
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I started out in library school wanting to be a children’s librarian. My friends who had small children in their lives loved Mo Willems and he actually gave a talk at Ohio State. I took my Mom there, who has seen tons of author talks and said it was the best talk she had ever been to. I’m not lying, we laughed so hard we cried. I also ran into some friends from college who absolutely loved the speech too. We found out that Mo Willems hung out with a group of people who later became the comedy group The State. If you’ve seen the show that was on MTV, Wet Hot American Summer, Reno 911 you’ve seen some of those people. Those are actors that you see and you like and you have to remember where you’ve seen them before. Willems said he found his way to children’s books and that writing humor for children is harder. Mainly because it’s not cynical and you don’t have topical writing. Like kids don’t really care who the coolest person is or what is happening in culture, so you have to go to the basics of what is funny in a story. If you get a chance to hear him speak you definitely need to check him out. He’s a kind and funny man.
My son can pick out these books in a pile of books. When we returned Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus to the library he got really frustrated that he couldn’t find it. Basically the Pigeon is an impulsive animal that is really rude and always wants to get his way. I picture him like Michael Scott from the Office. All of the book is dialogue so it’s really fun to read out loud. My son loves it when you do voices and it engages him in the story. They are actually funny. Like you are surprised where the book is going and it’s a good length. Rhys will sometimes wake up early and then tap my sleeping feet with these books. So trust me, if you are at your library or you want to buy these pick them up. They are great.
Snuggle up with your fave kiddo and enjoy! We have a lot of happy memories reading these books. They are simply lovely.