Mo Willems achieved picture book
superstar status with
a unique blend of comic strip, picture
book, and meta book followed by
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
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
-a first reader series that
makes her girls Jinae and
Callie want to read-and
her boy William checked
so he likes them too.