Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's Official!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Most enjoyed by Preschoolers through 3rd grade

At long last, we finally know what the pigeon wants! Our Kindergartners through 3rd graders have been looking forward to the release of this book since January. Mo's pigeon books are some of the most popular here in the Zion library. Some of us even entered Mo's contest to see what kids thought the pigeon might like to have. And now we know! It's a puppy!

Zion's copy of the book arrived this morning gift-wrapped so no one, not even the librarian, could see what the book was. Many thanks to Read Between the Lynes bookstore in Woodstock for playing along with us and making sure the book was a surprise for everyone (they even checked the receipt to make sure the title didn't show up there - how's that for service!).

Now, if you're the parent of a Kindergartner through 3rd grader, you can skip the rest of this paragraph and go ask your child what 'The Pigeon Wants a Puppy' is about. We read it today as a whole group and loved it! What kid doesn't want a pet? And for many kids, the pet they wish for most is a puppy. The pigeon is no different. He's sure he'll take care of it, like watering it once a month and making sure it gets plenty of sunshine. But when the pigeon's dream comes true, he realizes he might have asked for a bit more than he can handle.

Mo Willems knows just how to create books that reach kids and tickle their funny bones. If you or your little one can't get enough of Mo and his books, be sure to head down to Anderson's Bookshop on Saturday, May 3rd at 11:00 AM. Mo will be there giving a presentation and signing books. Watch the Blue Notes for information about Mo's visit and don't be surprised if your little one starts begging you to please, pretty please take them to see Mo!

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