Don't Let The Pigeon Run This App!

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
More than a storybook, app lets kids help craft the tales.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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Ease of Play

The app has three levels -- a straight story, a story with multiple-choice add-ins, and a story where kids make up their own additions -- so that it can be used by kids of various ages and skill levels. All three (and the art lesson feature) are clear in their instruction and easy to use.

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The app is a spinoff of Mo Willems's bestselling series of Pigeon books. The app also mentions Elephant & Piggie, protagonists of another bestselling preschool series by Willems.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Don't Let The Pigeon Run This App! is an interactive spin-off of the bestselling Pigeon book series by author/illustrator Mo Willems. In the app, kids can either listen to a brand new, randomly generated Pigeon story (so that it is different every time), or make choices to craft their own story. Younger kids can pick from multiple-choice options to add elements to the story, while older kids can choose to use their imagination and add whatever elements they can dream up (these are spoken into the microphone, and the child's voice will appear in the story). The app also contains a clear and easy lesson on how to draw Willems's famous Pigeon.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byxhvh gywch June 2, 2020
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byDeslyn H. April 15, 2017
Kid, 6 years old November 14, 2016

It Was Fun! (KG reviews)

Our KG students have shared the following reasons for their 5-star reviews:
-I liked drawing the pigun ulot
-It is fone I love wen I got to drowl
-driing the pi... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old November 6, 2016

I liked this app

OE Students' reasons for their 5-star ratings:

-We got to trase and got to grawe (draw)
-I like it because you get to draw!
-I like to play with pigin!
-I... Continue reading

Is it any good?

DON'T LET THE PIGEON RUN THIS APP! feels like the perfect way to go in adapting Mo Willems's Pigeon character for the app world. Rather than simply turn one of the Pigeon books into an app, the developers chose to let kids help craft their own Pigeon stories. It's wonderful that the app gives you the ability to either take the multiple-choice route or to let your imagination run free -- or just sit and watch a randomly generated story if you want. The animation and voice-acting (by Willems) are pretty great. And the bonus lesson on how to draw the Pigeon is remarkably good; you will really be able to draw that pigeon!

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $6.99
  • Release date: October 27, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 257.00 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • Last updated: June 2, 2020

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