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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

by Mo Willems

Published by Hyperion, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1423109600

Ages 2-6

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Wishing for a pet is a familiar childhood longing and many parents have listened in earnest to semi-empty promises to feed, walk, and care for a variety of animal fixations. Rationales and reasons are pushed aside in this book by a certain someone who really wants a puppy. Presenting himself with politeness, the pigeon butters up readers and then leans in strong with his persuasive powers. “By the way, do you know what I want? What I’ve wanted forever…? At least since last Tuesday…?” Bounding across pastel pages with personality and familiar pomp and plumage, the pigeon assails readers with his longing for a puppy. That is, until a puppy shows up. A slobbery, wet-nosed, tail-wagging pooch that is larger than life—or at least bigger than the pigeon. Pigeon’s puppy love is short-lived…at least until his next obsession. This latest installment from a familiar feathered-friend offers laugh-out-loud humor and sage advice for would-be pet owners. (TM) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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