The Pigeon Has to Go to School
Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?!Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

The Pigeon Has to Go to School Details

TitleThe Pigeon Has to Go to School
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Academic, School, Humor, Back To School, Storytime, Juvenile, Animals, Funny, Birds

The Pigeon Has to Go to School Review

  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    I am so glad Mo Willems continues to delight his audiences.... even when they are adults and can't help but laugh out loud at the funny parts!
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious as always. I won't spoil the perfect ending. I love how Pigeon's postures and expressions tell almost the entire story -- there is very little in the way of environment for him to interact with.Bonus: don't miss the front CIP page. It's not really what you think.
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  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    The Pigeon Has to Go to School, deals with the fear and anxiety of attending school for the first time. It is laugh out loud hilarious. This now and forever will be the go to book dealing with this issue. Take note booksellers and librarians of the world. The pigeon very effectively conveys the thoughts and fears of a first time student. Ofcourse the illustrations are amazing. The spread where the pigeon discovers he can go to school on a bus is priceless and perfect. A spectacular addition to a The Pigeon Has to Go to School, deals with the fear and anxiety of attending school for the first time. It is laugh out loud hilarious. This now and forever will be the go to book dealing with this issue. Take note booksellers and librarians of the world. The pigeon very effectively conveys the thoughts and fears of a first time student. Ofcourse the illustrations are amazing. The spread where the pigeon discovers he can go to school on a bus is priceless and perfect. A spectacular addition to a Mo Willems library collection.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I can't WAIT to read this to upcoming school-age kids come August!
  • Austin Gullett
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the lesson of school being a place that should help you feel brave and prepared. As far as school-anxiety picture books go, this one is top tier.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This was too good and will be great to read at the beginning of school. I think my favorite parts are the end papers. :) Recommended.
  • K C
    January 1, 1970
    Might be one of my top Pigeon books. I don't know if its better than The Pigeon Needs A Bath though
  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    So even though this book does not publish until July, I just want you to all know it's a must read. It's a must pre-order. You're going to read it at the very beginning of the school year, so you might a well make sure it's for sure going to be in your hands.All of the things you expect to see in a Pigeon book by Mo Willems is in there. And it will make you laugh out loud. I promise!
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  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    This one will be perfect for back-to-school time.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence: WAIT! Don't read that title! Too late. Rats...Why do I have to go to school? I already know EVERYTHING! Go on--ask me a question. Any question!Premise/plot: The Pigeon is back in another picture book adventure. He's starred in MANY books including: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!; The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!; The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!; The Pigeon Needs a Bath! The Pigeon, our HERO, is trying to convince us read First sentence: WAIT! Don't read that title! Too late. Rats...Why do I have to go to school? I already know EVERYTHING! Go on--ask me a question. Any question!Premise/plot: The Pigeon is back in another picture book adventure. He's starred in MANY books including: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!; The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!; The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!; The Pigeon Needs a Bath! The Pigeon, our HERO, is trying to convince us readers that he does NOT need to go to school. NOT HIM. NO WAY. What will it take to get him to WANT to go to school?!?!My thoughts: I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, CRAZY LOVE AND ADORE Mo Willems. I do. I especially love his Elephant and Piggie series. But I also love his Pigeon series. Especially The Pigeon Needs a Bath! and The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! This may be my new favorite in the Pigeon series. Though I will say this, the books build upon one another. It is definitely true that one doesn't have to read them in a particular order in order to enjoy them. BUT... The more Pigeon books you've shared with your little one, your young reader, in the past, the more you will LOVE and ENJOY this latest title. (You both will.) Does "school" start in the morning? Because you know what I'm like in the morning! It is NOT pretty. I think most can relate to Pigeon!Text: 5 out of 5Illustrations: 5 out of 5Total: 10 out of 10
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Pigeon has to go to school, but he is scared and makes up excuses as to why he shouldn't have to go. In the end, he realizes that school can be fun and he can't wait to get there. Good for getting your kiddos, especially kiddos who have yet to endure a year of school, excited to learn again.
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  • Krysta
    January 1, 1970
    Mo Willems does it again! The Pigeon shares relatable fears about going to school the first time, but in a humorous, overly dramatic way. Best for those who have already read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (if you want to get all the jokes).
  • Leslie Swope
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite of all the Pigeon books!
  • Ellon
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this new pigeon book. So perfect for a back to school lesson for kindergarten!
  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    Pigeon is worried about going to school and is in full freak out mode. Classic willems
  • Sophia Triad
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe that I am looking forward to a children's book! But it is about our favourite pigeon 😁
  • Braden Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    I finish the book in Kroger. 🤣🤣🤣
  • Bryan
    January 1, 1970
    Whazza whazza whaaaat?!?
  • Panda Incognito
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually like back-to-school books, but this one is GLORIOUS. It makes its point effectively without being preachy, has hilarious illustrations, and ends in a delightful way.
  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic! Another Mo Willems favorite for me. The reference to the first Pigeon book will make Pigeon-lovers smile. Can’t wait to show my first graders!
  • meg
    January 1, 1970
    all of the pigeon books are excellent but this one is particularly hilarious. can't wait to read this one aloud to visiting classes. pretty, pretty good.
  • Li Or
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and cartoony as all the Mo Willems book, the artwork is simple and focused around the pigeon's emotional roller coaster surrounding the idea of going to school.This book starts off with the pigeon not wanting to go to school, so I'd say this book is best for children who already have this idea in their heads, otherwise it might implant a seed of "I shouldn't want to go to school" in their heads. It also gives children several reasons why they shouldn't want to go which in my opinion may fue Cute and cartoony as all the Mo Willems book, the artwork is simple and focused around the pigeon's emotional roller coaster surrounding the idea of going to school.This book starts off with the pigeon not wanting to go to school, so I'd say this book is best for children who already have this idea in their heads, otherwise it might implant a seed of "I shouldn't want to go to school" in their heads. It also gives children several reasons why they shouldn't want to go which in my opinion may fuel the desire not to go! (Some reasons the book gives: They have to wake up early, maybe they won't like school, maybe their teacher won't like them... - it suggests quite a few potential worries that a child might not have thought of on their own.)At the very end, there is an abrupt turn around as the pigeon realises that all the things he's worried about are things he can practise getting better at at school, and suddenly he really wants to go to school so he can learn to do all these things.It's a sweet idea, and if the children are already thinking all these things, it may help them feel less alone in their feelings and fears and can give them a sense of being understood and a sense of vicarious self-expression. But if they're NOT feeling and thinking these things, it gives them ideas of things to worry about!Yes, kids may enjoy this book: they may laugh at the silly worked up pigeon with all its funny expressions, but from a parent's perspective, I'm not sure the message it imprints is as positive as it could be.5/5 for the artwork5/5 for the humour5/5 for the good intentions of wanting to help kids go to school2/5 for the execution of that message.- - -I was kindly sent a reviewer's copy of this book for an honest review.
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  • Lily
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love Mo Williems's Pigeon series. Poor Pigeon has to go to school and he's adament he's not going to school! It's always an adventure following Pigeon and this latest book did not disappoint.Pigeon was nervous about going to school but once he found out all the great things school had to offer and they were the things that he wanted to do then he was okay with wanting to go to school, and he even couldn't wait until it was time to go. After reading the book (yes I know I'm an adult I absolutely love Mo Williems's Pigeon series. Poor Pigeon has to go to school and he's adament he's not going to school! It's always an adventure following Pigeon and this latest book did not disappoint.Pigeon was nervous about going to school but once he found out all the great things school had to offer and they were the things that he wanted to do then he was okay with wanting to go to school, and he even couldn't wait until it was time to go. After reading the book (yes I know I'm an adult but I can still appreciate a awesome children's book) I knew I had to recommend the book to our children's librarian. ^_^ and make a demanding request for her to read this book to the children at my library branch for back to school. I think the children will enjoy the book as much as I did.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    Starting school can be very stressful, especially for a young pigeon who has never been there before. Pigeon is trying very hard to convince everyone that he doesn't need to go to school. But it becomes clear that he is frightened to go. He's worried about the teachers, the other birds, the amount of stuff he needs to learn, etc. Young readers will certainly be able to relate to his reluctance to go and may even be encouraged when he changes his mind about it. The fun familiar character and draw Starting school can be very stressful, especially for a young pigeon who has never been there before. Pigeon is trying very hard to convince everyone that he doesn't need to go to school. But it becomes clear that he is frightened to go. He's worried about the teachers, the other birds, the amount of stuff he needs to learn, etc. Young readers will certainly be able to relate to his reluctance to go and may even be encouraged when he changes his mind about it. The fun familiar character and drawings will make this book a big hit and a terrific one to share with kids about to go to school, whether it's the first time or they've been going for a few years.
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  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Mo Willems will not be disappointed with his latest Pigeon adventure. This will one of the popular books to start the school year off as Pigeon discovers he has to go to school. Pigeon explicitly shares all the fears we all face on that first day whether it's starting for the very first day, a new school or just the first day. And what makes this work - is that Pigeon comes to realize that school is a place where we can learn and practice together. And yes there may be a great ending inv Fans of Mo Willems will not be disappointed with his latest Pigeon adventure. This will one of the popular books to start the school year off as Pigeon discovers he has to go to school. Pigeon explicitly shares all the fears we all face on that first day whether it's starting for the very first day, a new school or just the first day. And what makes this work - is that Pigeon comes to realize that school is a place where we can learn and practice together. And yes there may be a great ending involving a bus...Will be a school favourite and passed around on those first few days.
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  • Susan Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    Who doesn't love the Pigeon? Here the Pigeon doesn't want to do something new. The Pigeon's thinking and arguments will feel at home to all young (and perhaps old) readers. The craft moves apparent in the story both through the text and illustrations will be wonderful fodder for discussions on author's craft. Listen to the NPR story where Mo Willems describes his motivation for this story. https://www.npr.org/books/titles/7376.... This book is a must have for all.
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  • Gretchen
    January 1, 1970
    It's a Pigeon book! Do I have to say more? Mo Willems is a master storyteller, especially with his characters Pigeon, Elephant, and Piggy. It doesn't matter what age group you are teaching, students love listening to and reading these books. The best part is that since there are so many great teaching points in them regarding dialogue, format, etc. you can always use them. My favorite part in this one, and I wonder if students will be as quick to pick up on the wrap-around, is the bus at the end It's a Pigeon book! Do I have to say more? Mo Willems is a master storyteller, especially with his characters Pigeon, Elephant, and Piggy. It doesn't matter what age group you are teaching, students love listening to and reading these books. The best part is that since there are so many great teaching points in them regarding dialogue, format, etc. you can always use them. My favorite part in this one, and I wonder if students will be as quick to pick up on the wrap-around, is the bus at the end.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another fantastic book from Mo Wilems, perfect for the anxious kid who might have apprehension about going to school for the first time or starting up for the new school year. I love it because it taps into the apprehension that all of us, adults included, have about going into new situations and diffuses it with humor, terrific illustrations, and assurance. Destined to be a hit with kids and their adults.
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  • Emmanuel
    January 1, 1970
    I never had a hard time getting acclimated to school. I always wondered why people didn’t like school, or why it was so difficult for a child to start school. Anyway, this book is really funny. I would definitely read this book to a child before they start school, and use it as a tool to playfully tease the child, so the child will not be afraid or difficult to go to school. I’ll be able to definitely do that with this book.Great book!
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  • Bridget Neace
    January 1, 1970
    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.It was so nice getting to read a Pigeon book for the first time again. And when (view spoiler)[ he realizes that he gets TO TAKE A BUS TO SCHOOL (hide spoiler)], I'm not gonna lie, it gave me the feels. Thank you, Mr. Mo!! (now--if you could please write another couple Elephant & Piggie books that would make me even happier... just sayin'...) ;)
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