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 Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!
 Author: Willems, Mo

 Publisher:  Hyperion Books for Children (2003)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 23 x 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 949585 ISBN: 9780786819881
 Ages: 2-6 Grades: K-1

 Pigeons -- Fiction
 Buses -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

When the bus driver leaves for a little while, a pigeon wants desperately to drive the bus.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: .90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 72788
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.00
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 34896

 Caldecott Honor, 2004

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → Independent Reading
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → Caldecott Honor Books
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/03)
   School Library Journal (+) (05/03)
   Booklist (+) (09/01/03)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (05/03)
 The Hornbook (+) (07/03)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2003 *Starred Review* In his winning debut, Willems finds the preschooler in a pigeon: a cajoling, tantrum-throwing, irresistible bird. “I’ve got to leave for a little while,” says a uniformed bus driver as he strolls off the opening pages. “I thought he’d never leave,” says the big-eyed pigeon as he marches onto the next spread and begins his campaign to drive the bus. His tactics, addressed to an unseen audience, are many: he reasons (“I tell you what: I’ll just steer”); he whines (“I never get to do anything!”); he’s creative (“Let’s play ‘Drive the Bus’! I’ll go first”); he bargains (“C’mon! Just once around the block!”). Finally he erupts in a feather-flying tantrum, followed by a drooping sulk that ends only when a truck arrives, and new road fantasies begin. Librarians may struggle with the endpapers, which contain important story content, but the design is refreshingly minimal, focusing always on the pigeon; he’s the only image on nearly every earth-toned spread. Willems is a professional animator, and each page has the feel of a perfectly frozen frame of cartoon footage--action, remarkable expression, and wild humor captured with just a few lines. Preschoolers will howl over the pigeon’s dramatics, even as they recognize that he wheedles, blows up, and yearns to be powerful just like they do. - Copyright 2003 Booklist.

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