There have been a few books in my library that have made students laugh and roll on the floor. Not polite little “I’m using my library voice” laughing and rolling on the floor…happy, loud laughing and rolling on the floor. And, really, why not? If you can make your usually quiet librarian say things like, “My best friend is a hippo named Boo Boo Butt,” just by asking her to read this book, wouldn’t you do the same? Not since their favorite “Pigeon” books, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems have my students found a book that is SO funny. I wasn’t planning to read this book a second week in a row, but my students insisted. 🙂
Why is this book such a success? Like Mo Willems Pigeon books, this book puts kids in control. They get to tell you what to do, and they really love it.
I loved reading this book and seeing my students have a great time.
For those of you who know Mo Willem’s very naughty pigeon, it won’t surprise you that now he wants to stay up late. In fact, he’ll say anything to be able to stay up late. It’s up to you (and your students) to say “NO!”.
The book begins with a man who asks you to please do him a favor while he brushes his teeth. “Please do NOT let the pigeon stay up late.” Pigeon has other ideas. This is your chance to live your dream of becoming a (very) naughty pigeon. Kids love the role reversal of getting to tell you “No!” as you (the pigeon) give all the excuses they themselves would give to try to get you to let them stay up late.
This one had my students laughing out loud. They loved it. I hope you do too!