Pigeon Presents Mo... on the Go!

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Favorite book characters delight in silly mini-games.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn rudimentary art skills both by playing the Mo's Squillems game and by creatively decorating postcards using pictures and the stickers they've won through playing. Mo's Squillems also lets kids collaborate with a second player to create a drawing together. The Dream Drive game gives younger kids some basic fine motor skills practice as they trace a bus route with their finger. Pigeon Presents Mo... on the Go! doesn't focus on learning, but it can give kids practice with creativity and other skills.

Ease of Play

The app is for young kids and is easy for them to learn. 

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Buried deep in the app is a reminder of Willems's books and previous app, but there are no links to either.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pigeon Presents Mo... on the Go! is a collection of mini-games and activities based on the writings of popular and Caldecott Award winning author Mo Willems. Kids complete easy games or fun activities to earn "stickers," which they can put onto photos they take. Kids can share photos via email, so parents with accounts enabled on their device may want to monitor this function.

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What's it about?

Kids take part in one of five activities based around Mo Willems and his collection of characters. In Monster Maker, they'll randomly design a monster. Dance-O-Rama lets them choreograph a dance with Elephant and Piggie. Mo's Squillems lets them draw with the author, and Dream Drive lets the Pigeon finally drive the bus, as kids navigate the route with their fingers. When players complete tasks, they earn "stickers," which they can insert into images they take on their phone or tablet. Those, in turn, can be saved or shared with friends via email.

Is it any good?

While Pigeon Presents Mo... on the Go may not be quite as engaging as Willems' first app, it's still a marvelous tool that lets young fans of the author's work interact with the characters they know and love. The games and activities aren't hard to pick up, and they all tie in to a familiar moment for readers. Newcomers will enjoy the overall sense of silliness. 

The ease is critical, as it lets kids earn stickers, which they can use to illustrate images of themsevles, further immersing them in Willems' many diverse fictional worlds. (It's also nice to see characters besides the Pigeon get a little app face time.) 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • If your kid isn't already a fan of Mo Willems, pick up some of his books from the library to read together. They're hilarious.

  • Have your own Dance-O-Rama, encouraging kids to dance like Elephant and Piggie, being silly (and secretly developing coordination).

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For kids who love to read

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