Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

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by Mo Willems
     
 

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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

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Children's Literature - Ashley Hergenroeder
As the author of many humorous books such as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny, Mo Willems has the ability to make readers laugh—this story is no exception. It begins with the narrator having a hard time getting a pigeon, the main character, to bed. This narrator has asked the reader to help make sure the pigeon does not stay up late. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Like any normal, energetic child, the pigeon invents excuse after excuse of why he should not go to bed at this time. He also tries to change the subject to anything that does not involve going to bed. Excuses like having a hot dog party are one of the many creative stalling tactics used by the pigeon to stay up even five minutes later—and a wonderful bit of Willems' style. The pigeon refuses to admit that he needs to go to bed but his yawns make it quite obvious that he should. The simple pictures in this funny story will have children sympathizing with this pigeon and making excuses of their own about why they too should stay up late.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The star of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Hyperion, 2003) returns in another irresistible tale. Hurrying away to brush his teeth, the pajama-clad bus driver implores readers not to let his feathered friend stay up late. Youngsters are thrust into the role of caregiver as the puerile pigeon attempts to talk his way out of the inevitable, coming up with requests that range from manipulative ("I hear there's a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational") to cajoling ("Y'know, we never get to talk anymore. Tell me about your day-") to classic ("Can I have a glass of water?"). Meanwhile, the fowl fights yawns and tries to keep his wide eye open, despite a drooping lid. Defying drowsiness to the last, he finally falls asleep, clutching his stuffed bunny tightly under his wing. Set against comfortably faded pastel backgrounds, the cartoon artwork focuses tightly on the main character, with his comments presented in dialogue balloons. The black-crayon lines speak volumes, as the pigeon's body language and the positioning of his ever-expressive eye humorously convey each nuance of the text. Children will be charmed by this bedtime treat, which will have them laughing out loud at the pigeon-and at themselves.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The pigeon with Attitude is back, trying every persuasive trick in his arsenal to convince readers to let him stay up late. After his 2004 outing with the hot dog, the presentation reverts to the original direct-address format, the pajama-clad bus driver asking readers to take care of things while he brushes his teeth. The pigeon ("First of all, I'm not even tired!") alternates bombast with plaintiveness as the page backgrounds change from the familiar dusty pink to a deep, restful blue. The inevitable end is never in doubt, as our persistent hero fights off yawn after colossal yawn, increasingly bleary-eyed despite his determination to stay up late. Readers will easily recognize themselves in the pigeon, even as they will delight in sending him to bed-the fact that he sleeps with a stuffed knuffle bunny will add to the intertextual fun. If this offering necessarily lacks the freshness of the original, its wholehearted sense of fun more than makes up for any hint of formula. Sure to provide excuses to stay up late ("C'mon! What's five minutes in the grand scheme of things?") to countless giggling kids. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786837465
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Pigeon Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
19,082
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE, and KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO: A TALE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009. He lives with his wife and daughter in Western Massachusetts.

#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE, and KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO: A TALE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY) and his acclaimed Elephant and Piggie early reader series received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009. He lives with his wife and daughter in Western Massachusetts.

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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old son loves the pigeon books. He got 3 of them as a birthday gift and has enjoyed them so much that I ordered some for his 2yr old cousin. We also have "The Pigeon finds a hot dog" and "The Pigeon wants a puppy." We have read them so many times that he has started repeating parts after I read them. Also, I don't mind reading them over and over because they are entertaining and amusing to me as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We got this book for my son when he was 4. He is now 6 and we're still reading it. It is such a simple book, but so funny. The illustrations of the various moods of the pigeon say so much without many words. We have all of the other Pigeon books and also Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems and my son loves them all. I bought it this X-mas for my nephew who is 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is among my son's favorite books (age 15 months); he of course does not really understand the text, but he likes to see it, and likes my reading it to him. And any parent will recognize the type of negotiation that the pigeon does. I expect the book to have a second life when he gets old enough to understand it. Another book by the same author (Don't let the pigeon drive the bus) is less funny; it follows very much the same pattern, but the jokes are better the first time. But we very much recommend this book (don't let the pigeon stay up late).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pigeon doesn't want to go to bed - he's not tired - YAWN!!!! I swear my 1st grader was the model for the writing of this book because he uses all of these tricks to try and stay up late! Mo Willems hits it right on the head and your funny bone too! A great gift for emerging readers. Boys will pick it up - and most of the pigeon series - and stay with the whole series....
PhredFan More than 1 year ago
We just love this pigeon! This book did not disappoint. We have already read it at least a dozen times. Such simple drawings somehow capture the pigeon's personality. This might not be a good bedtime choice, since we tend to get pretty wound up reading it. (We kind of act it out along the way, too.) I don't think we've ever picked up a pigeon book that we haven't read it several times in one sitting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend syd and I love this book!! We love it so much that we are going to do it in school for a reading thing that we do. We are both in 6th grade (AWESOME!) and love the Mo William books. I also love Dont let the pigeon drive the bus!!!!! GO MO!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have all the other 'Pigeon' books in my classroom! They love that silly pigeon and take his bed time very seriously. We read the Pigeon books every year and the children write their own Pigeon tales. A funny story with lots of candor and expression. It's a delight to hear the children read it aloud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, Mo Willems is a comic genius. The illustrations in his pigeon books are so simplistic and yet convey such a wealth of emotion... Hilarious!!
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Don’t let the Pigeon Stay Up Late is about begging your parents to stay up late. My favorite part is when the Pigeon says that he is “in the mood for a hot dog party” because he is suggesting nicely. He is looking for any reason to be allowed to stay up late. This book is great for kids ages 3-6 because many of us Mensans will relate to not feeling tired or wanting to sleep when the day should be over. Reviewed by Thea O., 5 years old, Greater New York Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the pigeon books. I have given my grandson three already and the story is so cute.
LindaDE More than 1 year ago
Fun and easy reading for children.
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Nicole_Friend More than 1 year ago
My 2 yr old son LOVES this book! I read it to him before nap time & he knows a lot of the lines now. He calls it "the birdy night-night book" :) The pigeon has a great child-like personality, and strong facial expressions... making it fun to add diff. tones when he says things like, "i'm not even tired!" or "okay, that was definately not a yawn." All the Pigeon books are great for any age kid.
Candy06 More than 1 year ago
Love this book! The author is amazing!!! I am starting a collection of books (I plan on becoming a teacher) and Mo Willems' books are all in my collection. I read them to the kindergartners and they LOVE IT! Even the high school students seem to love it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago