Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
She’s so cute. Kate thought we wouldn’t have enough to talk about with this week’s podcast because the featured book is so simple in both text and image. Little did she know!!! What happens when an adult woman reads this book for the first time and is told that many consider it a modern day classic? Oh. Let’s find out. Along the way Kate questions the shenanigans (her word) of the bus driver, why the pigeon never has eyelashes (does Mo have something against them?), whether or not the bird is Slytherin, and I begin to focus on what the prior relationship between the driver and the pigeon is exactly.
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– The Ray Bradbury story I refer to about the girl who misses the one day of sun on her planet was “All Summer In a Day“.
– If you’d like to see the precise words of what the Caldecott criteria is, you can go here. And I had no idea she was going to put that classical music behind me while I spoke. That was kind of nice.
– Can I tell you that until Kate pointed it out, I never noticed that there is no reason (with this first book anyway) to think the pigeon isn’t a girl.
– See, Kate, this is what happens when the pigeon drives.
– I could not find the locker room sequence at the end of the Weston Woods video on YouTube. But, and this is the good part, for the first time Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is now appearing on Bookflix. Does your library subscribe? It might! Find out from your local children’s librarian and then watch the whole video there. You’ll be glad you did.
– Kate doesn’t mention what her tattoo from this book would be, but I known mine! I just love what he’s doing with the tiny tips of his little wings here.
– I cannot tell you how happy I am that this app Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App is back up and running.
– I dunno, folks. What do you think? Should we redo the Top 100 Picture Books Poll again? I mean Kate did say she’d help and all . . .
– I’m happy to report that actually this book didn’t beat The Very Hungry Caterpillar on my Top 100 Picture Books Poll. But it did beat Goodnight Moon.
– The Internet has failed me. There is no fan art making the Pigeon Slytherin. This was the closest I was able to find. It is insufficient.
– Which of our transcripts would people like to read? Let us know and Kate will type them out.
– Just for fun, let’s round this out by looking at some random pictures of the pigeon that I have in my files here on the blog for no discernible reason. I have no idea what any of these are from:
Okay, I lied. That last one is from the Toronto Illustrators Blog post Only a Brain Injury Could Make Me Draw Martin Amis. You’re welcome.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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