#3 The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems


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.





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:



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?

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