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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh!

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Pigeon thinks he can do Santa's job in funny holiday tale.

Book Mo Willems Holiday 2023
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh book cover: Pigeon in an elf cap with jingle bell against white snow and blue sky with snowflakes

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Mo Willems brings out the best and the funniest in his beloved character in this jolly holiday offering, mixing sarcasm and giggles to make this series addition a winner. It's amazing what a range of emotions he can portray with the bird's face only in profile, revealing just one eye. And he conveys holiday attire and spirit with just one elf hat (with jingle bell) atop the pigeon's feathered head.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh has plenty of laughs for adult readers, too. Like the license plate on Santa's sleigh that reads "HOX3" (as in "Ho ho ho") and the pigeon's curiosity about how to drive the sleigh: "Where's the clutch?" For kids, the pigeon's frustration at not getting what he wants will be most relatable and funny on the page. A perfect holiday read.

Book Details

  • Author: Mo Willems
  • Illustrator: Mo Willems
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Topics: Holidays
  • Character Strengths: Curiosity
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Union Square Kids
  • Publication date: September 5, 2023
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 5
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Available on: Hardback
  • Last updated: September 23, 2023

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