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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.

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Short but funny, Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! is the perfect go-to-bed book, especially for the reluctant sleepy kid. The simple drawings of a big-eyed, two-dimensional pigeon, painted in pastel blue and outlined with strong black lines, will be familiar to anyone who has read Mo Willems' previous Pigeon books. With an easy shift of the eye, lift of a wing, turn of the beak, or droop of the neck and eye-lid, the cartoon pigeon, coupled with large-print words and plenty of exclamation points, gets his story across with an easy humor that kids will enjoy. He is lovable, exasperating, and so kid-like.

Mo Willems knows kids. Not only has he won Emmy awards as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, but he also won Caldecott Honors for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.

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