On this chilly, sunny morning before Valentine’s Day, our storytime group was robust as ever and the seating in the reading circle was totally packed. We even had a lone driver pull his “car” adjacent to the space. We invited him to the carpet, but he said he could see from his spot inside the car. We did our storytime stretches, our customary storytime shout, and sang a fabulous rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” But we were most excited to get to today’s story, a contemporary classic featuring one of today’s favorite children’s literature characters:
Pigeon Wants a Puppy
by Mo Willems
Pigeon has moved on from buses and hot dogs to firmly declare his love and desire for… puppies! But can a little pigeon care for a big ol’ doggy? Can your kids stand up to his requests, demands, whines, promises, and bargains? Each turn of the page will have your kids yelling “No!” amidst delighted giggles.
Willems is a star in the children’s literature world and there’s little question as to why. His illustration style is both simple and enduring, graphically bold and developed with a sketcher’s fluid sense of motion, reaction, and animation. His characters speak to even the youngest children without sacrificing intelligence, humor, or warmth.
Need more Pigeon? Check out his other titles!
Need more Pigeon in your life? Who doesn’t?!? Check out this great animated video for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Storytime is every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.