The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

I have always loved children’s books, more and more so as I get older. And especially now that I am going to be a mom at the end of the year. 🙂 My new current favorite series is the Pigeon series by Mo Willems. I heard an interview with him on NPR, touting his new book The Duckling Gets a Cookie. He and the interviewing reporter then read through part of the book together, each taking a part: Willems the part of “Pigeon” and the interviewer the part of “Duckling”. It was wonderful to listen to and I instantly desired to own that book. I found it, the last copy, in a Target in Bloomington, and squealed instantly, hugging it to myself. My husband and my friend laughed at me but I insisted that I must have it now! So I bought it and read it to them all, and we all dissolved into laughter.

So, today, when we stopped by a bookstore, I made for the back of the store, to the children’s section where I found three more books. Unfortunately, I found some others that I wanted so I had to pare it down to one for today: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. These books are lighthearted, funny, and so apropos to young children, especially as this particular book begins with the Pigeon declaring, “First of all, I’m not sleepy at all.” The drawings are simple but endearing, the characters comical and memorable. It’s rare that I fall so in love with a book, especially a children’s series so quickly, but the Pigeon books are excellent both for little ones and for adults alike, providing smiles and laughs for all.

So, if you have children, or even if you don’t, these books are a definite recommendation for a good time and some moments of really good laughs.

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