Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! – Mo Willems

More in the Series – The Pigeon
“More in the Series” scores the other books in a series where one (or more) of the books have made it into the 1001 Books list. Mostly because I’m a bit of a completionist. 

POINTS: 3 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story:  2 points
Discretionary ideological points: 1 point

Neither of us thought this one was quite as wonderful as the first one, but it is still pretty awesome. This time, the pigeon is trying to avoid going to sleep, and using all those classic kid techniques to achieve his goal of staying up late, while clearly getting more and more tired.

Like the first book, the pigeon holds one half of a conversation that he’s having with the reader. C got way more into it this time, I think probably because the format was familiar. “No! No! Go to sleep!” It was cute. 🙂

Alas, the only human in this book is a white dude, so it gets absolutely no points in the diversity sweepstakes, but it is still a pretty nifty book, dealing with a situation that is probably fairly universal to any parent of a small rambunctious child with a case of FOMO.

I love the interactivity. This will come as no surprise to any regular reader. I am a huge fan of books that require the reader to engage, and this one does so very well. The pigeon is naughty but likable, and when he eventually does go to sleep it is still protesting his “not tired” status, much like my kid does.

We both enjoyed reading it. Good stuff.

 

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems

POINTS: 3 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story:  2 points
Discretionary ideological points: 1 point

This book is absolutely wonderful. Kids love to say “no”, I have discovered, and this book gives them the perfect excuse to do so. You are told, at the start, not to let the pigeon drive the bus. And then the pigeon proceeds to try to convince you otherwise, and you are compelled to refuse throughout!

It is so much fun, guys. 🙂 C and I had a ball, working our way through it, him saying no to the pigeon at every turn. I particularly like that the pigeon uses the exact sorts of negotiating tactics that 5 yr olds tend to use. 😉 There’s something cool and empowering about putting a kid in that position.

Of course, the only characters are the pigeon and the bus driver, so it gets no points for Bechdel or diversity, but I would still recommend this book. It is very cleverly constructed, and the more I think about it, the more I think it is doing something really quite subversive – putting a child on the other side of the authority line to where they usually are.

Such a simple concept, but so much fun to read. Plus it gets points for being interactive, which you know I always love.

Definitely get your hands on this one.