CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh! by Mo Willems


From #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author and illustrator Mo Willems comes a new holiday classic.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for driving a sleigh! ’Tis also the season—for driving a sleigh! Oh, and joy to the—driving a sleigh! The Pigeon has made a list and checked it once. Can his holiday dream come true? Or will The Pigeon be left out in the cold?

You’ll share some HO-HO-HOs and HA-HA-HAs finding out in three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems’ ninth Pigeon book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh!


Mo Willems hits it out of the park again. The pigeon once again wants to drive something. This time it's a sleigh. As in previous volumes, he begs and pleads before throwing a temper tantrum. Once he calms down though, he takes a closer look at the sleigh and realizes their is no clutch or steering wheel. The last straw pokes it's nose onto the page sending pigeon fleeing. The humor shines through as the pigeon learns once again that sometimes things aren't exactly what we expect them to be and desires can change. But has he actually learned his lesson? I don't think so judging by the twist at the end. Mo Willems has a knack for creating books that are a delight to read and make numerous readers laugh both young and old. Perfect for reading aloud with it's simple yet perfectly designed text. The use of a variety of fonts gives readers clues about how to read it. It's simply impossible not to become the pigeon as one reads. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching. It never ceases to amaze me the way he conveys so much emotion with simple lines and shapes. Young readers and writers may even want to create their own pigeon stories. A great read aloud for the holiday season and all year.


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