THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG! by Mo Willems

THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG!

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Age Range: 2 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

The determined pigeon of the Caldecott Honor–winning Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003) returns in a more subdued performance that will nevertheless appeal to fans of the first. The pigeon is about to eat the hot dog he’s found, when a sly, persevering, small yellow duckling “scooty scoot scoots” up with a series of questions and comments. Willems again expertly captures the personality and emotions of the droll pigeon (“not a hot dog; my hot dog”) and the “guest star” duckling, who manages to trick the pigeon into giving him what he wants, taking notes about the taste of a hot dog. “Each morsel is a joy! A celebration in a bun!” says Pigeon. “Does it taste like chicken?” asks the winsome duck. Another tantrum ensues, but the hot dog is split and shared. Duckling tops off his triumph with a complaint that gives him the final word, “Hmm . . . needs mustard.” Some readers may feel this tale could also use a bit more mustard, but children who already love the pigeon will be satisfied. (Picture book. 2-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7868-1869-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2004




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