Randall Payleitner


Book Review #3: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

In the always intense quest to keep story time compelling for both children and adults, I challenge you to find a modern storyteller more adept than former Sesame Street writer and animator Mo Willems. His humor, his lessons, his drawings, and his (I’m not kidding) character development put him in an elite class.

Read any of the Pigeon books and you will laugh. Guaranteed. It’s impossible to read them only in your head. The 2-dimensional drawings somehow have personalities and inflection that jump right off the page and out of your mouth.

The books say “Ages 2-6” on the back—but that’s like saying fun has to stop once you reach first grade. Read this book and all the Pigeon books, and part of you will stay age 2-6 for the rest of your life.


Pivotal Excerpt:

Each morsel is a joy! A celebration in a bun! If you’ve never experienced the splendor of a hot dog, you should really…  (15-16)


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