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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!


Series
Pigeon

written and illustrated by
Mo Willems

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Disney Book Group
Imprint
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781368046459
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
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JLG Category

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Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What ifhte teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?!

Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

Full-color illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9 1/4" x 9 1/4"

Dewey

[E]

AR

1.5: points 0.5

Lexile

450L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

First day of school. Fear. Schools. Pigeons. Humorous stories.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Willems’s famed feathered protagonist faces the inevitable with a winning mix of chuckle-inducing bravado, honest emotion, and a child-grabbing point of view. The pigeon is not happy about the prospect of launching his educational career, flapping his wings in desperation as the book begins (“WAIT! Don’t read that title!”) and spouting a series of fervent objections that range from the familiar to the delightfully absurd: “Why do I have to go to school?” “I already know EVERYTHING!” “Does ‘school’ start in the morning? Because you know what I’m like in the morning! It is NOT pretty.” “What if the teacher doesn’t like pigeons?” “WHAT IF I LEARN TOO MUCH!?! My head might pop off.” Utilizing muted monochromatic backdrops, the pages are dominated by the vividly drawn character, and his dramatic body language and ever-expressive single eye accentuate each and every comic beat. When the pigeon finally gets to the heart of the matter and reveals his true feelings (“I’m…scared”), he is drawn much smaller, with thinner lines and tighter body posture. Never fear, this lovable character works his way through his emotions (raising questions that parents can discuss with their own soon-to-be-students) and finishes on an upbeat note—total jubilation at his means of transportation: a school bus! Deftly balancing genuine concerns with humor and buoyant reassurance, this irresistible offering starring a fan favorite is sure to become a first-day-of-school classic

Horn Book

Willems’s pugnacious picture-book pigeon (most recently The Pigeon Needs a Bath, rev. 7/14) is unsurprisingly unexcited about starting school: “Why do I have to go to school? I already know everything!” Over the course of the story, in direct-address text, the pigeon imagines worst-case scenarios, from the ridiculous (“What if I learn too much!?! My head might pop off”) to the realistic (“What will the other birds think of me?”). Many children who are facing this milestone will relate to the pigeon’s apprehension. Those listeners and viewers witnessing his antics, though, should have no trouble recognizing the histrionics for what they are, as demonstrated loud and clear in both over-the-top text and restrained-untilthey’re- not illustrations. The moments when the pigeon does show emotional vulnerability (“I’m…scared”) feel especially well earned; and the spread in which he’s longing to be a baby again rewards viewers with an adorbs picture of a wide-eyed “little-itty-bitty-not-going-to-school-baby-waybie pigeon.”

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Willems’s famed feathered protagonist faces the inevitable with a winning mix of chuckle-inducing bravado, honest emotion, and a child-grabbing point of view. The pigeon is not happy about the prospect of launching his educational career, flapping his wings in desperation as the book begins (“WAIT! Don’t read that title!”) and spouting a series of fervent objections that range from the familiar to the delightfully absurd: “Why do I have to go to school?” “I already know EVERYTHING!” “Does ‘school’ start in the morning? Because you know what I’m like in the morning! It is NOT pretty.” “What if the teacher doesn’t like pigeons?” “WHAT IF I LEARN TOO MUCH!?! My head might pop off.” Utilizing muted monochromatic backdrops, the pages are dominated by the vividly drawn character, and his dramatic body language and ever-expressive single eye accentuate each and every comic beat. When the pigeon finally gets to the heart of the matter and reveals his true feelings (“I’m…scared”), he is drawn much smaller, with thinner lines and tighter body posture. Never fear, this lovable character works his way through his emotions (raising questions that parents can discuss with their own soon-to-be-students) and finishes on an upbeat note—total jubilation at his means of transportation: a school bus! Deftly balancing genuine concerns with humor and buoyant reassurance, this irresistible offering starring a fan favorite is sure to become a first-day-of-school classic

Horn Book

Willems’s pugnacious picture-book pigeon (most recently The Pigeon Needs a Bath, rev. 7/14) is unsurprisingly unexcited about starting school: “Why do I have to go to school? I already know everything!” Over the course of the story, in direct-address text, the pigeon imagines worst-case scenarios, from the ridiculous (“What if I learn too much!?! My head might pop off”) to the realistic (“What will the other birds think of me?”). Many children who are facing this milestone will relate to the pigeon’s apprehension. Those listeners and viewers witnessing his antics, though, should have no trouble recognizing the histrionics for what they are, as demonstrated loud and clear in both over-the-top text and restrained-untilthey’re- not illustrations. The moments when the pigeon does show emotional vulnerability (“I’m…scared”) feel especially well earned; and the spread in which he’s longing to be a baby again rewards viewers with an adorbs picture of a wide-eyed “little-itty-bitty-not-going-to-school-baby-waybie pigeon.”

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