The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo willems

pigeon needs a bath

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
Mo Willems
4 Stars

The Bus Driver needs the reader’s help again…this time to get the Pigeon to take a bath. Of course the Pigeon is dirty. He is even quite smelly. But he doesn’t want to take a bath. The flies that buzz around him even think that Pigeon is too dirty for them. After quite a bit of reluctance, the Pigeon decides that perhaps he will take a bath. But the bath is too hot…too cold…to everything else you can think of. Eventually there are no more excuses and the Pigeon gets in the bathtub. Then he doesn’t want to come out.

This is a great edition to the Pigeon books. Although I did expect the Bus Driver to come back at the end of the book and thank the readers for helping the Pigeon get into the bath (but alas he didn’t). And the one spread where the Pigeon is trying to fix the “too hot”, “too cold”, “too wet”, “not enough toys”, “too many toys”, etc. spread has way too many illustrations all together (29 illustrated squares on the two pages). The kiddos I read the book too were ready to turn the page a bit sooner than I was finished reading it. But all in all this is another classic book with a toddler-like Pigeon who doesn’t really know just exactly what he wants or likes. Fun times.

What to do after reading this book:
Take a bath.
Go outside and play in the dirt.
Go to the city park and feel the pigeons (or any other birds).
Dance around to the “Splish Splash” song.
Play with a new bathtub toy.
Run around in the sprinklers.
Go swimming.

Hyperion Books for Children, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4231-9087-5
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool

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