#5 A Smidgeon of Pigeon: The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!

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Hey that’s me!

The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! is the appropriately lengthened all too brief story of a Bus Driver’s request for the Pigeon to show us her happy face, which she denies. Such a brash question causes our heroine to fly into anger followed by sadness. The Bus Driver then compromises, telling the Pigeon that she does not have to show the world what it looks like when she is happy. Tasting sweet victory, the Pigeon explodes in pure orgastic (Fitzgerald uses it, read the Great Gatsby) joy, only to realize far too late that she has been bamboozled.

The End.

And by the way, you don’t even have to read the book now, because that summary has even MORE words than Willems’ text.The book is a part of the “Smidgen of Pigeon” series, which is basically a few board books consisting of only a few pages. The brevity is the book’s weakness. GIVE US WHAT WE WANT MO – MORE PIGEON!

Ultimately the brevity of the book (it’s a Board Book to Infants, Tyler) is its hindrance. I point to the immaculately paced Pigeon Wants a Puppy, where Pigeon’s attitude and sass are allowed to breathe; see, that’s the thing about irony – it gets better as it grows thicker. Unfortunately, I have to conclude that some EVIL children’s book publisher (probably a subsidiary of Scribner’s) offered Mr. Willems an offer he couldn’t refuse so that he could continue doing RADIO CARTOONS.

This blog has already discussed how Mo Willems is not only IRONIC, but also a great basketball player. Some critics have pointed out how his stats are down from last year:

17.2 PPG, 6.3 APG, 3.5 RPG  vs.  16.2 PPG, 4.1 APG, 3.3 RPG

But you have to take into account the fact that the best player on Willems’ team last year was Michael Redd who (while extremely valuable) was the 15th guy on a 12 man US Olympic Team. Willems now gets to play with the guy who was THE BEST player on that team.

By the way, who knew that DELONTE WEST would turn into a competent basketball player??? I never thought I’d say this, but it seems that LeBron James is actually an inspiring teammate; take a look at West’s stat line. As a disappointed Wizards fan, I watched him simply be a GREAT second banana in last year’s annual first round exit. 

And speaking of LeBron, apparently all he wanted for Christmas was back-scratcher. Yeah, dude is so down to Earf (Lebron James is the opposite of down to Earth).

BUT, I must admit that my favorite commercial of 2008 is easily:

First Hova and now Weezy? What about Yeezy?

Oh yeah, this is a blog about CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

Anyway, I’m growing a little worried about Pigeon. Her manic states simply wreak of bipolar disorder. I ask the public, she PIGEON be the kind of person our children should be reading about?

Sorry for the brief post, but I can’t write much about a book with only 6 pages.

GET TO WORK, MO WILLEMS.

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#3 The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! is a simple story about a pigeon (with a fashionable collar, not popped) who wants a puppy. While this bird is certainly likable and entertaining, she is also unfortunately self-centered and a little too fierce for her own good (I am assuming gender based on the plethora of hearts in the text and the bird’s penchant for puppies). After we meet the pigeon, she immediately introduces us to the fact that she has always wanted a puppy…at least since Tuesday. The pigeon argues that she’ll water the puppy once a month and reveals that she is aware that puppies also need a lot of sunshine. The pigeon then suspects that the audience is not taking her seriously; she assumes that we are against her desire to take a piggyback ride on her puppy, and then accuses the audience of not being apart of the real America (hey guys! that’s called topical humor!). Tension builds as a “woof” grows louder and louder, causing fear and distress in our heroine. The pigeon is then confronted with the thing that she wants most and the audience realizes that this pigeon is a normal sized bird and not a giant (my bad!). Fortunately no one gets hurt, and the pigeon learns her lesson, concluding that a Walrus would suit her much better. The End.

Wait…what?

Exactly.

Seriously.

Observations:

1. Mo Willems’ name sounds a lot like the shooting guard of the Milwaukee Bucks. 

12.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.5 APG

Career Stats for the Author: 12.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.5 APG

That’s a pretty poor pseudonym there Mo Williams.

2. This actually is Mo Willems:

Hmmmm…I wonder who he looks like…hmmm…hmmm…hmmm

3. It seems that Mo Willems is not a real person, but rather a composite of a great name and a great image. Oh, he’s also really funny.

4. There’s really no point to TPWAP; it’s ironic and sardonic and every other hip, $5 word I can think of that would also describe videogum. Take a look at this:

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4. Mo Willems is the winner of the Caldecott Medal (the Pulitzer of Children’s Books…I think). He also lived in Brooklyn and now records radio cartoons for NPR’s All Things Considered. I’m just going to let that sentence sink in for a second. Radio. Cartoons. Radio Cartoons. Cartoons, Radio.

Ultimately, this is a book written for the emerging hipster/new parent demographic; it is safe for any age and is more ironic than an Arj Barker joke. That means I loved it.

Radio Cartoons?

Published in: on November 28, 2008 at 4:01 am  Comments (2)  
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