Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus! …And More Stories By Mo Willems {DVD Review}

DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! …AND MORE STORIES BY MO WILLEMS

Format: DVD/Single
Run time: 49 mins. + extras
Geared Toward: Ages 2-8
Price: $14.95

THIS SEPTEMBER, LAUGH ALONG WITH MO WILLEMS’ CRAZY PIGEON IN THIS HILARIOUS COLLECTION FEATURING HIS MOST BELOVED STORIES!

One of the hottest new authors in children’s literature is Mo Willems. His best-selling books have won dozens of awards and honors, and The New York Times calls his Pigeon “one of this decade’s contributions to the pantheon of great picture book characters.” Now, children can laugh along as Pigeon, the befeathered star of the fast-selling book franchise, and other wry Willems’ characters come to life in colorfully and carefully animated video adaptations found on DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! …AND MORE STORIES BY MO WILLEMS.

In the title tale, winner of a 2010 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video, when a city bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place: a pigeon!  And, despite the bird’s impressive technical know-how, the bus driver doubts the pigeon can handle the bus.  So, as the bus driver heads out the door, he appeals to the audience: “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”.  And when Pigeon’s relentless arguments in his favor eventually dissolve into a full-flown, feathers-flying tantrum, will he get his wish?  The award-winning production features the voice of Willems as the pigeon and noted author/illustrator John Scieszka (“The Stinky Cheese Man”, “Squids Will Be Squids”) as the bus driver, and a jazzy musical score.  As School Library Journal noted in its review of the original picture book, this is “a brilliantly simple story that is absolutely true to life, as anyone who interacts with an obdurate three-year-old can attest.”

The other two Mo Willems stories on the DVD include Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (presented both in English and Spanish) and Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, plus the bonus live-action feature “Mo and Pigeon Visit a School,” in which the author reads his book before an audience of children.

Our Thoughts…

My two year old daughter enjoyed sitting and watching the variety of stories on this DVD.  She only budged when the credits of each story played which is pretty understandable for the attention spans toddlers usually have.  My daughter was literally laughing out during some of the stories and it was great to see her really enjoying and interacting right along with the stories on screen! This mom is giving this DVD two thumbs way up!

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of  DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! …AND MORE STORIES BY MO WILLEMS for this review from Beth Blenz-Clucas of Sugar Mountain PR.