Amazon.com Back in 1993, I was cartooning for a ’zine. Due to a lack of other material, we decided to make the December issue a sketchbook with just my cartoons. I have been producing small cartoon and story sketchbooks for clients and pals every year since then. In 1998, my sketchbook featured a new character, the Pigeon. Born in the margins of a 1997 notebook filled with potential picture book ideas, he was complaining that his ideas were better than mine. To mollify him, I put him in that year’s sketchbook. The original sketchbook was much longer than the final published volume, but some of the lines were the same. In late 1999, an agent essentially agreed with the Pigeon and rejected my picture book ideas. She suggested I revisit my sketchbook with an eye to turning it into a picture book. My wife was working at a school library at the time and had read the sketchbook to her kids, who had enjoyed it. So I suppose it wasn’t too crazy an idea. I started to revise the layout and work with color. At the end of 2001, after several dozen rejections because the book was “unusual,” an editor decided that “unusual” was a good thing. Plus, it made her laugh. I began reworking and rewriting. The Pigeon was now starting to look more like his mature self. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was published in April 2003 and, to my surprise, proved to be popular quite quickly. Thankfully, that Pigeon doodle in the notebook back in 1997 was so insistent. He was right! Product Description The Duckling asks for a cookie -- and gets one! Do you think the Pigeon is happy about that? Review Everyone's favorite grouch of a fowl returns, though the spotlight is firmly fixed elsewhere. Never content to be merely a supporting character, The Pigeon nonetheless takes a backseat in a story in which The Duckling asks for and receives a cookie with nuts. Incensed, The Pigeon proceeds to rant about the various items and impossibilities he has asked for over the years, ignoring point blank the fact that The Duckling got his cookie by asking politely. At the end of the expected meltdown, the smaller bird reveals that he only got the cookie in the first place so that he could give it to The Pigeon. Flabbergasted ("Hubba- Whaa?!?"), our hero leaves with cookie in hand, and The Duckling reveals that his seeming sainthood-he shares slyness as well as color with Tweety Bird-may be a bit of an act. Even those who think they may have tired of The Pigeon's antics will find much to enjoy in this familiar but different outing. The importance of politeness is evident, but its delivery is not didactic in the least. Just as enjoyable as a read-aloud to a group or as a one-on-one lapsit, it's a pleasure to see Willems at the top of his game, and The Pigeon suitably humbled. (Picture book. 3-8) Kirkus"In this seventh Pigeon book-the first in four years (The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! rev. 7/08)-the Duckling asks politely for a cookie and gets one: "Thanks! That was very nice of you!" No fuss, no drama. Enter the Pigeon. Shocked-shocked!-that the Duckling "got a cookie with nuts just by asking," the Pigeon sets off on one of his trademark egocentric tirades. "I ask for things ALL THE TIME! But do I get what I ask for?" Of course, "It's NOT fair" and "Ducklings get everything!" Kids will undoubtedly be familiar with the Pigeon's strong emotions, but here they aren't the ones out of control, which makes the gentle lesson in behavior as sweet as a cookie. The Pigeon's rant comes to a screeching halt when the Duckling generously offers him the treat; the now-contrite Pigeon is rendered almost speechless. Simple speech-balloon text, animated illustrations, and a clean design continue to be a successful formula for Willems's brand of storytelling. The Pigeon may not get the Duckling's message about manners and unselfishness, but young listeners will. And when they demand this book again, they just might ask politely. Have cookies ready please. kitty f
- The Duckling asks for a cookie - and gets one! ! Do you think the Pigeon likes that?
- Learn all about being calm and polite in this charming classic by Mo Willems
- This high-spirited story will have you laughing while teaching you important lessons
- 40 Pages. Hardcover