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!
Whatever you do, DON’T let the pigeon drive the bus. Mo Willems has a great sense of humor, and this book is simply hilarious. There is not one class, pre-k through 5, that doesn’t laugh hysterically when I read this book.
Pigeon really wants to drive the bus. But, the only thing the bus driver as asked you to do is NOT let pigeon drive the bus. Sounds easy, right? Well, pigeon really, really wants to drive this bus. He’ll tell you just about anything to get to drive the bus. Any adult that’s been around a child will recognize Pigeon’s ploys as he tries to cajole you into letting him drive the bus.
Enjoy! You may just be laughing as loud as the children around you.
From the author of the easy reader Elephant and Piggie series, and books about that naughty pigeon who wants to drive a bus, here is a great picture book for older readers. It’s the Goldilocks story, re-told with dinosaurs and chocolate pudding. Snarky humor abounds as the dinosaurs leave everything in their house, “just so” in order to facilitate the arrival of “a little succulent child” who might “happen by our unlocked home”. Of course, soon enough, “a poorly supervised little girl named Goldilocks” happens along. A must read for older readers who want a laugh.