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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!


Published: 1st May 2005
For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
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RRP $16.99

Winner of a 2004 Caldecott Honour Award.

When the driver leaves the bus temporarily, he gives the reader just one instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat: he whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, this is a brilliantly original book.

  • "For a child, it's a delirious formula: all of a sudden, you're in charge of a bus... Well executed and so smartly layered." The New York Times
  • "This picture book demands audience participation - Readers will identify with the pigeon themselves!" The Bookseller
About The Author

Six-time Emmy Award Winner and Caldecott Honor recipient, Mo Willems, spent nine years as a script-writer and animator for "Sesame Street". With over 100 short films and television half-hours to his credit, Mo’s distinctive animated films have been shown in festivals around the world and been translated into a myriad of languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.


Clever text.


This book is great for engaging slower readers. The students really want to turn the pages to find out what happens next.

North Curl Curl NSW Australia



I was expecting this to be different. Our 2.5 year old was not keen the first few reads, I dont think she understood it. But it grew on her. She wants to read it daily. We engaged her into it by asking her specifically if the 'pigeon could drive the bus' . I prefer other Mo WIlliam books.


Would buy again


Read to grandchildren or give as gift to grandchildren and others





Melbourne Australia

First few pages missing!


Disappointing that the first few pages of the book were missing!


Funny and engaging


A fun story to read to a 3/4 year old. Teaching how much fun books can be!


Good graphics & large print.


Bought for a 7 year old with special needs & a reluctant reader.


A bit of fun


Its ok. I think I liked it more than the kids.

ex Sydney


Genuinely hilarious


Never makes it back to the bookshelf. On very high rotation! Our toddler LOVES it.

Melbourne, AU


This book is wonderful!


My kids absolutely love this book and want me to read it over and over again. Great concept and very well written.



Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

3.8 11


"For a child, it's a delirious formula: all of a sudden, you're in charge of a bus... Well executed and so smartly layered." The New York Times; "This picture book demands audience participation... Readers will identify with the pigeon themselves!" The Bookseller"

Mo Willems

Mo Willems is an American writer, animator, and creator of children's books.After graduating from Tisch, Willems spent a year traveling around the world drawing a cartoon every day, all of which have been published in the book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons.

Returning to New York, he started his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, where he earned six Emmy Awards for writing during his tenure from 1993 to January 2002.

Willems' books have been translated into a number of languages, spawned animated shorts that have twice been awarded the Carnegie Medal (Knuffle Bunny and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and been developed into theatrical musical productions. His illustrations, wire sculpture, and carved ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation.

Visit Mo Willems's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9781844285136
ISBN-10: 1844285138
Audience: Children
For Ages: 5 - 6 years old
For Grades: 1
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 22.8  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.18