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Monday 27 September 2010

Review: Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Title: Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Author/Illustrator: Mo Willems

Publisher: Walker Books, A$15.95RRP

Publication Date: 01/04/07

Format: Softcover

ISBN: 9781406308129

For ages: 3-6

Type: Picture Book

About: After Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late proves that Mo Willems knows when he’s onto a good thing. And good on him.

In this adorable book, Pigeon does a fast con job on the reader about going to bed. Every excuse under the sun is rolled forth for consideration – “Can I have a glass of water?” and “I’ll go to bed early tomorrow night” are only superceded by the borderline hysterical wail of “I’m not tired!!!”

Pigeon is a character unto himself, and Willems once again uses beautifully-balanced kid-style text that is engaging, easy to emote and totally creative. You night notice the appearance of Knuffle Bunny in the book, and the addition of a be-capped man who introduces the story and pleads with the reader to help him get pigeon to sleep, is adorable.

Kids will laugh. Adults will nod their heads in eye-rolling recognition, and here’s hoping against hope the utter sleepyness of our birdie friend by the end of this very tiring book. Tiring in a good way.

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