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The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

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by Mo Willems

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When Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, he can hardly wait to shove the entire thing in his beak. But . . . then a very sly and hungry duckling enters the scene and wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird?
In this hilarious follow-up to the acclaimed Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems has created another avian adventure that encourages children


When Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, he can hardly wait to shove the entire thing in his beak. But . . . then a very sly and hungry duckling enters the scene and wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird?
In this hilarious follow-up to the acclaimed Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems has created another avian adventure that encourages children to share even their most prized processed foods.
Mo Willems is a six-time Emmy Award-winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the head writer of Cartoon Network's Code Name: Kids Next Door. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! is the companion to Mo's first children's book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! He is also the author of Time to Pee!.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
I suspect that The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! suffers just a bit by comparison to its predecessor. It features the same great, sassy dialogue, the same satisfyingly clean drawing style, even the same hilarious freakout page where the pigeon just can't take it anymore. These pleasures are substantial, and should not be discounted just because the first book was even better.—Claire Dederer
Publishers Weekly
In Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the hero was subordinate to an unseen person who withheld bus-driving permission; here he has the dominant role and must placate his own pesky interloper, as he bargains with a duckling over a discarded hot dog. The tale, conveyed in the same pleasing emotive dialogue and gestures, opens with the pigeon's thrilled discovery of the title snack: "Oooooh! A hot dog!/ Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!" Suddenly, a smaller yellow bird enters from the lower right corner and asks, in rounded lower-case letters, "Is that a `hot dog'?" "Not a hot dog; my hot dog," the pigeon sniffs, but his reply gives the duckling a rhetorical advantage. "What do they taste like?" it wonders aloud. The pigeon knows the duckling's disingenuous game, but his suspicious, hooded eyes and frowning beak suggest uncertainty. The trickster, meanwhile, regards the pigeon through flirtatious blue eyes and coyly tilts its teardrop shaped beak. The pigeon glares at the audience ("Can you believe this guy!?!"), shouts "That's it!" in bold two-inch-tall caps and throws an eight-stage temper tantrum before splitting the wiener in half. "Hmmmm, needs mustard," says the duck. Through voice bubbles, body language, and expressive sizes and shapes of type, Willems crafts a comical give-and-take between the characters. He sketches both iconic birds in decisive crayony lines and tints the pages with smooth pastel hues. Readers of all ages won't be able to resist miming the sly conversation in this satisfying sequel. Ages 2-6. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Pigeon from Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is back and this time he's found a hot dog, which he plans to eat by himself even though a Duckling has scooty, scoot scoot-ed to the corner of the picture's frame. "A taste sensation...A celebration in a bun" the Pigeon brags to the hopeful and savvy little Duckling who'd like to have a bite. While the duck whittles away the Pigeon's resolve to eat his hot dog by asking plaintively what does it taste like, the Pigeon staunchly defends his find—It's mine! It's my right! Finders, keepers. But in the end guilty triumphs, or maybe it's compassion but we doubt it, and the Pigeon asks for help in solving this impasse. Share, is the Duckling's open-faced reply. Preschoolers who are very sensitive to sharing will laugh at the obviousness of it all, while older readers are sure to get the implied manipulation of the Pigeon by the knowledgeable Duckling when the little guy who has supposedly never even tasted a hot dog ventures that it "needs mustard." Willems' sophisticated cartoon makes great use of a cocked eyebrow, the big-eyed Duckling's postures, and the conversation balloon chat that escapes encapsulation when the Pigeon is exasperated. Children will be sure to note the single half-chomped hot dog on the back interior endpapers nearly lost in the repeating hot dog images that decorate both front and back endpapers. It's another triumph for Mo Willems and a generous serving of humor for hungry young readers. 2004, Hyperion, Ages 3 to 7.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this second book featuring the star of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Hyperion, 2003), the shoe is on the other foot. Once again, the action starts on the title page, with the pigeon's joyous discovery of a hot dog. However, his initial delight is dampened when a small, wide-eyed duckling appears and asks, in a seemingly innocent manner, "Is that a `hot dog'?" The interloper's younger status is conveyed not just through his tinier size, but also through his dialogue, which is presented in smaller, rounder font. Though the duckling never directly asks for a bite, his incessant questioning-"Would you say that it tastes like chicken?"-infuriates the pigeon. Ultimately, the duckling's subtle approach proves successful, and both birds happily share the treat. Children, especially those with younger siblings, will have come up with this obvious solution long before the pigeon does. Willems's deceptively simple cartoon drawings convincingly portray his protagonist's emotional dilemma, from his initial joy to his frustration and struggle over what he wants to do versus what he knows is right.-Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The determined pigeon of the Caldecott Honor-winning Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003) returns in a more subdued performance that will nevertheless appeal to fans of the first. The pigeon is about to eat the hot dog he's found, when a sly, persevering, small yellow duckling "scooty scoot scoots" up with a series of questions and comments. Willems again expertly captures the personality and emotions of the droll pigeon ("not a hot dog; my hot dog") and the "guest star" duckling, who manages to trick the pigeon into giving him what he wants, taking notes about the taste of a hot dog. "Each morsel is a joy! A celebration in a bun!" says Pigeon. "Does it taste like chicken?" asks the winsome duck. Another tantrum ensues, but the hot dog is split and shared. Duckling tops off his triumph with a complaint that gives him the final word, "Hmm . . . needs mustard." Some readers may feel this tale could also use a bit more mustard, but children who already love the pigeon will be satisfied. (Picture book. 2-8)
Children's Literature - Joan Kindig
No matter how many Pigeon books appear, children just love them. The Pigeon is predictable but that is the very reason children love the character so much. They can count on the Pigeon going nuts at some point in the story. In this one, Pigeon has found a glorious, wonderful hot dog and cannot wait to gobble it up. But out of nowhere appears a duckling who seems to be interested in the hot dog too. Duckling is somewhat subtle in his approach and begins asking the pigeon all kinds of questions about how hot dogs taste because he's never had a hot dog before. Of course, Pigeon gets fed up (no pun intended) and goes crazy describing the luscious morsel awaiting him. Before long Duckling has coerced Pigeon into wanting to share the hot dog with him. As they each eat their half, Duckling says, "It needs mustard," which makes Pigeon realize that he has been had: Duckling has probably had a hot dog before after all. The end is a jumble of Pigeon and Duckling joking and laughing which is satisfying for the young viewer. An added feature of this video is particularly interesting, especially for children who are interested in animation. The animator, Pete List, goes through all the steps in animating Pigeon which will fascinate those kids who think they might want to do that. For that reason, the suggested age range of 2-6 can easily be widened to include students in middle and high school classes where animation is introduced. Running Time: 7 min. Animated. Reviewer: Joan Kindig, Ph.D.

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Disney Press
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Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.50(d)
AD300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim at a school book fair for my 5 year old. He is not really into books and reading, but he just loved this one. We read it just about every night and it has helped him with recognizing sight words. I am going to get him another Mo Willems book for Christmas.
RocaChica More than 1 year ago
Funny little book. My 2 1/2 yo loves this pigeon! Simple, but easy to read.
shirgarz More than 1 year ago
We all love the Pigeon books. My 6 year old is a slow reader. You have to push him to read. But with the Pigeon books he loves to read. He's able to read 96% of the book on his own with a little help on the "big" words, which are not many. The illustrations are wonderful. They are simple but do a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life. I personally love the Pigeon's facial expressions. I believe the size of the book is a plus. It gives more room for the drawing and it makes it seem like there's not a lot to read (for those that have a difficult time reading). We have no complaints about the Pigeon books. I'm trying to complete our set. We LOVE that Pigeon!!!!!
lcyberlina More than 1 year ago
My daughter was given the first pigeon book (Don't let the Pigeon Drive the bus) as a gift. It is one of her favorites and before she could read, she was "reading" the book to us. The pictures and the words match so she knows what it means and starts associating the words with their actual meaning. Because of the success of that first Mo Willems book, I decided to look for more books from this author and found "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog". I immediately bought it and read it to my daughter that very afternoon. It was hilarious as usual and my daughter found it as entertaining as I did. By the end of the day, she was "reading" the book to us. I decided to test whether she was simply guiding herself from the pictures to tell the story by picking a word in the book and asking her if she knew what the word was. I was pleasantly surprised when she started phoning the word and actually read it!!!. I highly recommend this and all Mo Willems books to parents, they are not only entertaining, but develop a love for reading in children.
playa More than 1 year ago
This book is funny I love reading this book to my kids and they love it to!!! Mo Willems Gotta have his collection.....
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fnoel More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book and as a parent I love reading this book.
Beth29 More than 1 year ago
I adore all of the pigeon books! There are a lot of them! And I love that in most of this authors books (the non-pigeon variety) that the pigeon manages to make a cameo appearance in most of them! They are highly entertaining and easy/enjoyable to read over and over again!
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Maralyn_Speaing More than 1 year ago
My Moroccan-American nephew, who grew up on PBS's "Blue's Clues" and "Curious George", abjured the use of either English or Arabic until he was nearly 4. At 4 1/2 he has abruptly evolved into an animated reader stimulated by the clear signals of Mo Willems' wry style. Willems has an extraordinary ability to bring paper and ink alive with voice, attitude, relationship and compelling story--all containing subtleties that merit my nephew's current fixation. Mohammed interrupted an early read of the "Hotdog" book to show me that Willems' shorter "Pigeon Has Feelings Too" also contains the phrase "Hey, Wait a Second". When we came across the word "sad" in a phonics book, he ran to show me that the word sad was also in Willems "Feelings" book. Mohammed quickly memorized the text in these books and now takes great satisfaction in consulting phonemes to self- correct if he slips into a paraphrase. Needless to say, I love Willems' creations as much as my nephew does!!!
Mac4US More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book.I think it's great for ages 4-7.
EMW More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter (age 3) is crazy about hot dogs, so when I bought the book, I knew she'd be intrigued by the title. Now, it's her favorite book, and once just isn't enough. She says, "Read it again, Mimi," and I'm happy to oblige. She thinks the two characters are incredibly funny. She has memorized the book and does little voices for each character. As a bonus, the fact that the pigeon learns to "share" at the end of the book is a great lesson - particularly for a 3 year old who is an only child. I think all of the Mo Willems books are very clever, and they provide great opportunities to interact with children while reading. But this one is a special favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pigeon books are highly engaging. Great for re-reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are endearing (especially the duckling) and the story is funny especially to little kids. It's so hard to share, and they can easily relate to Pigeon. This is also a simple enough book for beginning readers to practice with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this while browsing for my niece and was doubled over in the store laughing as I read this...and his other books as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest children's book I've ever read, second only to Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. My 2-year old daughter loves it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old and I love this story. It has a cute, fast paced plot and gets a laugh everytime we read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story, while very similar to the previous, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, is equally a hoot. We love Pigeon, and can only hope more stories about him will come our way soon, to make us laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious. It's great for kids...and their parents too! It's simple to read and the illustrations are great. It's become a favorite book to read to my 3 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book smells like my grandma.... She died yesterday....