~posted by Ruth
I am a Mo Willems fan–and that’s putting it mildly. I have read all his books (no mean feat as there are dozens and dozens), follow his blog Mo Willems doodles, and even made the cross-country trip to visit his special showing at the Eric Carle Gallery in Amherst, Massachusetts . So of course, I was eagerly awaiting the publication of another Pigeon book on April 1st: The Pigeon Needs a Bath. Lucky for me, I was able to have it in my hands before visiting Bitsy Parks’ first-grade classroom in Beaverton, Oregon and could gift them with a copy. (The only thing more fun than reading a new Mo Willems books is sharing it with appreciative kids!) And they love it as much as I do.
What’s not to love? We are reunited with a Pigeon with attitude–this time, he simply doesn’t see the need for a bath. After all, he had one last month. Maybe. The visible stink waves radiate from Pigeon’s body, but he insists he doesn’t need a bath. The best spread is a two-pager with 29 panels with Pigeon’s complaints about what’s wrong with the whole bathtub situation: too hot, too cold, not enough toys, too many toys. . .My first-grade friends giggled and laughed through the whole book. We all appreciate the emotions and expressions that come across–and also the thoughtful and sophisticated language and vocabulary, like “It’s a matter of opinion”; and “Purely coincidental.”
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or family friend, this book should top your list to share with the kids in your life. Happy Reading!