Like most Willems books, I can't read them without passing thought - on each and every page - to how kids would respond to pigeon and his antics.
I can literally hear the laughter ringing in my ears and imagine the comments (and exactly what they would be), let alone the nods of recognition as our wee feathery friend denies the fact he's in serious need of a washdown.
It's not until we see the pong lines and circling flies that he finally concedes, and then, of course, we're in for a full double-page spread of excuses - the water's too hot, too cold, too deep, too wet ...
Funny, witty, rollicking fun,kids will absolutely adore this latest addition to the Pigeon series.
Title: The Pigeon Needs a Bath
Author/Illustrator: Mo Willems
Publisher: Walker Books, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2014
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book