The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

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The Duckling asks for a cookie — and gets one! Do you think the Pigeon is happy about that?

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The Duckling asks for a cookie — and gets one! Do you think the Pigeon is happy about that?

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The devious Duckling last seen in 2004's The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! has returned! This time the hapless Pigeon falls victims to a cookie caper. Once again, Mo Willems works wonders with a synchronicity of simple, fetching drawings and imaginative dialogue. Destined to be a picture book bestseller/classic.

Lisa Dugan

Publishers Weekly
Where an exclamation point conveyed birdy delight in Willems’s The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! this title’s interrobang implies shock at the Duckling’s good fortune. As the sequence opens, the yellow Duckling requests a cookie, receives one immediately, and graciously thanks the unseen provider with a “flappy flip flap!” The Pigeon, whom the Duckling cajoled into sharing a hot dog in the earlier book, soon arrives to express astonishment. Multipanel spreads and emphatic voice balloons reveal his outrage as The Pigeon throws a colossal tantrum (“I ask for things all the time!/ I ask to drive the bus!... I’ve asked for a walrus!... But do I get what I ask for? Noooooo!”). In an unexpected turn, the Duckling gives the Pigeon the entire cookie, shocking the bird (and probably readers, too). Willems packs his punchy dialogue, punctuation, and cartoon visuals with meaning. The Duckling’s dilated blue pupils and wiggling tail suggest studied cuteness, while the Pigeon’s pointy wings and scornful eyelids show comical aggravation. The Duckling’s outward generosity, which hides ulterior motives, ends this exuberant Pigeon installment on a snarky note worthy of Tweety Bird. Ages 2–6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Duckling returns to interact with Pigeon. First, Duckling asks politely (using "may I" and "please") for a cookie and expresses its thanks for the cookie with nuts. Then, Pigeon arrives on the scene and he wonders how and why Duckling got a cookie with nuts. Pigeon becomes jealous that he does not get anything when he asks for something; on the other hand, Duckling effortlessly receives things by asking for them. The simple pictures show Duckling's wide-eye, innocent look along with Pigeon's dramatic expression of frustration as he reminisces about previous requests. The foreshadowing on the title pages hints of the conflict about Duckling getting a cookie. The front end papers have cookies with nuts and the back endpapers have cookies without nuts which seem to hint at a part of the plot. The ending of the story contains an interesting twist that suggests a mischievous side of Duckling. This book is part of the "Pigeon Book" series that began with Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! which is a Caldecott Honor book. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Duckling, familiar to readers of The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (Hyperion, 2004), asks politely and receives a cookie with nuts. Incredulous, Pigeon rants about the many things that he has asked for and failed to receive—a chance to drive the bus, hot-dog parties, a walrus, one more story, his personal iceberg, etc. In classic Pigeon fashion, the lovably emotional bird relates the unfairness of it all through a hilarious monologue until finally exploding in clenched-fist (or, rather, clenched-wing) anger. But every pigeon has his day, for the duckling offers him the cookie (never mind that Duckling doesn't like nuts), and he accepts the gift with gracious humility. Confident, un-ornamented strokes characterize Willems's seemingly simple illustrations. Postures and expressions are spot-on, conveying the nuances of Pigeon's feelings and the comedy in his passionate behavior. While just plain fun to read aloud, this book is an excellent conversation starter on the topics of politeness and making reasonable requests. This meta-tale that references the gamut of the Pigeon oeuvre will please fans and newcomers alike.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
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 her cookie by asking politely. At the end of the expected meltdown, the smaller bird reveals that she only got the cookie in the first place so that she could give it to The Pigeon. Flabbergasted ("Hubba— Whaa?!?"), our hero leaves with cookie in hand, and The Duckling reveals that her seeming sainthood—she 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)
Pamela Paul
…the book's sprightly mix of Willems's trademark humor and deceptively simple drawings—so lively they feel like an animated cartoon—will have children in giggles, whether the book is read with a cookie or not.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423151289
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Pigeon Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 30,051
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems (, a number-one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded three Caldecott Honors, two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals, and a Geisel Honor. His debut, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, was inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame in 2009. Other favorites include the award-winning Elephant & Piggie series and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Another hit !!

    My daughter is obsessed with all the Mo Willems Pigeon books and this new one does not disapoint !!! She cracks up everytime he brings up the bus .... I also get a kick out of them and LOVE that they are easy to read !!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    A wonderful story of how manners and sharing go a long way. From

    A wonderful story of how manners and sharing go a long way. From a story lady at B & N. THANK YOU.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Super Silly, Moe Williams delivers!

    Just great for a fun family or a preschool class.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    I gave this as a gift to one of my great grandchildren (18mo.) H

    I gave this as a gift to one of my great grandchildren (18mo.) Her mother says "is (her) favorite. We read it about twice a day & she has a few line memorized, so she recites them during her day & while 'reading' it alone. (Her parents) really like it as well."

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