I was dusting the shelves, when the title of a book caught my eye, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." Wasn't gonna, was my first thought. But I was hooked and had to read it. Housekeepers/cleaners aren't supposed to mess in peoples' stuff, but I figured they wouldn't mind me checking out one of their picture books for a couple minutes.
I was rolling on the floor laughing as the simple, almost stick-figure bird tried to convince me to let him drive. "I'll bet your mom would let me." "I'll give you five bucks!" "Let's play 'drive the bus', I'll go first."
This book and others by Mo Willems soon became favorites. My dad showed me this NPR story recently, where Mo shares his pigeon inspiration. He was in Oxford, trying to work on writing. "And I made all these really terrible books," he says, "and in the
margins, I started drawing this pigeon who was complaining about the
other books." The pigeon was sarcastic, annoying and sure he'd be a better main character. The newest book, DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE, is full of the pigeon's outrage that he isn't even in the title. Uh oh. But there's lots of Pigeon books...
Have you ever had a character that took over your life? Been inspired by doodles? Been inspired to drive a bus or give a duckling a cookie?