06 Jan Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Mo Willems is one of my favorite Children’s book authors. He uses simple drawings and funny characters to keep children and parents coming back for more. I was introduced to his pigeon character when I first started teaching and have been a huge fan ever since. I read the books to my third graders every year and they would quickly fall in love with the pigeon and ducking, just like I did, and beg for more. *Important note: Make sure to read these books with a lot of expression because the pigeon deserves it 🙂
Mo Willems’ pigeon series includes the following books: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, The Duckling Gets a Cookie?, and the upcoming The Pigeon Needs a Bath. He is also known for his Knuffle Bunny books and the Elephant and Piggie series.
Cloud 9 came out with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus fabric and I immediately ordered everything they had. I think I may have shrieked with excitement when I first saw it. One super convenient part of this line is a Project Panel that includes two pillows and a hand puppet that are incredibly easy to make while being quite adorable.
I decided to make these for my niece Aasta this year as part of her Christmas present. JB and I have read this book to her on several occasions and she is equally enamored with the sneaky, clever pigeon.
For the pillows: I cut out the pigeon and the bus pillow panels, sewed them right sides together, turned them right side out, stuffed them, and hand sewed them closed.
For the hand puppet: I cut the pieces out, created a hem at the bottom of both pieces to hide the raw edges, and sewed them right sides together (leaving the bottom part unsewn).
I was so excited to give this to Aasta and was hoping she was as excited about them as I was. I’ve found that little kids are brutally honest at times with how much they love (or hate) their gifts and I was crossing my fingers that it would be the former reaction rather than the latter. I think her face says it all.
The pillows took their place under the heads of her tired American Girl dolls and provided them a comfy spot to take a much needed rest. All of that outfit changing wears a doll out. Nothing like digging for gold (boogies) while your dolls sleep.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Mo Willems books, I would HIGHLY recommend them. The fabric is equally as lovable and a perfect way to make that naughty blue pigeon come to life for those you love.And always remember, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” or do anything else important for that matter.