Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mo Willems

Mo Willems achieved picture book 
superstar status with

by Mo Willems Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 1st edition

a unique blend of comic strip, picture
book, and meta book followed by
many sequels: 
The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog!
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go!
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!
and (we haven't read this one)
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

As you can tell from all the exclamation 
marks, the Pigeon is a bird of strong
feelings. He and other characters speak
directly to the reader. This engaging
technique works very well with both
my sons, on the spectrum and off.

Although aimed at the preschool
Kindergarten set, 
my nine year old still likes
them for relaxation from more
complex books. The exaggerated
feelings may help him understand
emotions and develop empathy.

And even if they don't, they're
fun to read. 

My good friend Leah also
highly recommends his 
Elephant and Piggie books
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
-a first reader series that
makes her girls Jinae and 
Callie want to read-and
her boy William checked
outI Will Surprise My Friend! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
so he likes them too.

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