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The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

4.4 17
by Mo Willems
The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.


The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

Editorial Reviews

Pigeons (like certain little boys and girls who will here remain nameless) don't like to take baths, but as time passes and grime builds, the cries become intense for our fine-feathered friends and little ones to take the big dive. In this LOL picture book, master storyteller and illustrator Mo Willems (Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) provides everything except the soap.

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/28/2014
Somewhere between aspirations of locomotion, pining for a puppy, and scrambling to finish an activity book, the Pigeon got pretty dirty. Don't tell him that, though. In enduring Willems style, the Pigeon invites reader participation through questions, provocations, and wild gesticulations. With Pigeon evidently besmeared with soot, it's a classic case of denial: " ‘Clean.' ‘Dirty,' " remarks the Pigeon while making air quotes. "They're just words, right?" He then points the finger (or wing) at the accuser: "Maybe you need a bath! YEAH! When was the last time YOU had a bath?! Oh. That was pretty recently." After nervously smelling himself and discovering that even the flies hovering around him can't stand how stinky he is ("Take a bath, dude!" says one in retreat), the Pigeon finally relents. At the edge of the bathtub, though, he goes through his share of Goldilocks moments, which are presented in nearly 30 tiny sequential panels: "The water is too hot. Too cold. Too deep. Not deep enough." The Pigeon's cockeyed defiance and Willems's impeccable comedic timing are as fun and frisky as ever. Ages 3–5. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
*"Brilliantly simple...­hilarious."The Horn Book (starred review)

2009 Children's Choice Book Award for "Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year"

*"Willems's hilariously expressive illustrations and engaging text are cinematic in their interplay."—School Library Journal (starred review)

*"Children will be charmed by this bedtime treat."—School Library Journal (starred review)

*"Readers of all ages won't be able to resist miming the sly conversation in this satisfying sequel."
-A Publishers Weekly Editors Pick
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"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."—Kirkus (starred review)

School Library Journal
★ 06/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Persuasive Pigeon is back. He doesn't feel that he really needs a bath—after all, it's a "matter of opinion." "Clean" and "dirty" are "just words, right?" With a polished technique that logically approaches the problem, Pigeon speaks with a child's voice as he rationalizes his decision while forcefully questioning those who might even suggest that his personal hygiene and the flies buzzing around are not just "coincidental." The water might be "too hot…not deep enough…too cold…or too wet," but it only takes a mere 30 tiny frames and a dramatic large-font spread before Pigeon grandly displays the myriad possibilities for a happy bird in the bath. Willems's dirt-smudged pigeon is at once clever, garrulous, energetic, and just slightly excitable. Through simple flat-line illustrations, this bird's expressions and attitude are easy to discern. Pigeon fans will not want to miss this book, a "must add" to all libraries, for any reader appreciating the perfect art of persuasion.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
The pigeon is back, and he is filthy! Readers haven't seen the pigeon for a couple of years, not since The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012), and apparently he hasn't bathed in all that time. Per the usual routine, the bus driver (clad in shower cap and bathrobe) opens the story by asking readers to help convince the pigeon to take a bath. Though he's covered in grime, the obstreperous bird predictably resists. He glares at readers and suggests that maybe they need baths. With the turn of the page, Willems anticipates readers' energetic denials: The pigeon demands, "YEAH! When was the last time YOU had a bath?!" Another beat allows children to supply the answer. "Oh." A trio of flies that find him repulsive ("P.U.!") convinces him it's time. One spread with 29 separate panels depicts the pigeon adjusting the bath ("Too wet!…Too cold.…Too reflective") before the page turn reveals him jumping in with a spread-filling "SPLASH!" Readers accustomed to the pigeon formula will note that here the story breaks from its normal rhythms; instead of throwing a tantrum, the pigeon discovers what readers already know: "This is FUN!" All the elements are in place, including page backgrounds that modulate from dirty browns to fresh, clean colors and endpapers that bookend the story (including a very funny turnabout for the duckling, here a rubber bath toy). Willems' formula is still a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

Disney Press
Publication date:
Pigeon Series
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
AD150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, 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 Case of Mistaken Identity). Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth. Mo lives in Massachusetts with his family.

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The Pigeon Needs a Bath! 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Splish Splash Time It seems that Pigeon has had a fun day, but as a result, he's pretty dirty.  He needs a bath, but he doesn't want to take one, so he's going to offer every excuse in the book to try to get out of it.  What will it take to finally get him in the bath? Mo's books are usually delightful, and this is no exception.  The excuses Pigeon uses to try to get out of a bath are the same ones you'd hear from any child, of course, things might be ramped up a bit for the comedy.  How he manages to do that with mostly Pigeon talking to us and his illustrations is amazing to me.  And the ending?  Let's just say the next book might be Pigeon Needs to Dry Off. Whether you have kids who don't want to take their baths or not, you'll find this book to be very fun.  If you can't come up with a good excuse to buy it, stand in a library or bookstore and read it.  You'll be very glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased two books on new release date for gifts to two female work associates with sons ages 4 prekindergarten and 5 kindergarten.  The next day both parents reported their sons thoroughly enjoyed The Pigeon Needs a Bath book and actually laughed out loud at different parts in the story.  One parent enjoyed the two pages with small panels followed with shout-out on following pages.  Author Mo Williams is commended capturing a young fan base enjoying the Pigeon series.  This week the kindergarten brought home the Scholastic reading order form and excitedly pointed out to parent the Pigeon Needs a Bath book.   Thanks to Barnes & Noble for advertising the new release date and bringing the latest Pigeon adventure into the hearts of two boys sharing the same favorite author, Mo Williams. 
MorrisMorgan 5 months ago
The story here is hilarious, but the illustrations are the stars of the show. The full-page panels are particularly engaging with a lot to see. I'm not sure if the kids will be begging for this one at bedtime or if the parents will be. It's bound to be a favorite for the whole family.
SupernaturalChic More than 1 year ago
Boy does this pigeon need a bath. Cute book and highly recommend.
RainyGirl More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Who doesn't love the pigeon? The book was bought as a gift and is now well loved. Like all the pigeon books, it's a joy to read.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
Another home run from Willems in the Pigeon series. Always a favorite with kids and wonderful to incorporate into the classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kids love it, the Pigeon is a hit!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mo Willems does it again. A must for all elementary school libraries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book--my daughter found it very funny!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son just fall in love after our first day reading. His favorite book was "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus", but now it all about the pigeon need a bath. I have to add the drawing is awesome and make sense with every word. Thanks Mr. Mo Willems my little one enjoy en laugh a lot with your books, special sense of humor is the best ingredient in your collection.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Mo Willems + Pigeon = Awesomesauce I love Mo Willems. His humor and story telling skills are incredible. He didn’t disappoint with his newest Pigeon book. I love how there are “stink” fumes drawn coming off Pigeon and the flies are even grossed out by him… or is Pigeon a her… gee, I never really thought about that… *NOTE* just looked it up – Mo Willems purposely doesn’t have Pigeon being a guy or girl, that’s why he likes animals, you don’t have to say (I found that answer in a People Magazine interview) what gender the animal is. Very cool! I think parents with kids who don’t like to take baths or maybe are scared of the water can read this with their kids and they can have fun with it. Like all other Mo Willems’ books, I found myself reading this a couple of times over already. His books never get old! *NOTE I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 3 year old granddaughter who lives on an opposite coast from us. The report is that she liked it and thought it silly (fun), but did not like it as much as other books I had sent such as "Goodnight Construction Site" and "I Stink!".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Granddaughter loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pigeon Books are a favorite in this house with a 6 & 4 year old. We even hosted a "Hot Dog Party" in Kindergarten honoring his biggest obsession. My kids did enjoy this latest edition...just not as much as the previous ones. Of course it would be difficult to top "The Duckling Gets A Cookie"...legendary around these parts. Might have overdone it a bit with the famous "panel pages" where the pigeon begs and pleads for whatever he wants. These are usually 7-8 panels of awesomeness, but this time they did 16 small panels on 2 pages which makes it difficult to read to a large group. Overall, a great addition to the Pigeon saga, but not as funny as some of the others. Mo...please dont let them "Pete the Cat" you where you must churn out a book before it's ready. You're awesome...and awesomeness takes time. We'll wait patiently!! (Unlike the pigeon)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the hell is this guy talking about. Pigeons can't take baths; they are cold blooded hermaphrodites.