Mo Willems' acclaimed picture book debut celebrates 20 years!
When a bus driver takes a break in this hilarious Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, he gives the reader just one instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" But, boy, that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in that driving seat: he whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive? Told entirely in speech bubbles, this brilliantly original and funny picture book demands audience participation!


Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. His celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions as well as three Honors. Other favourites include Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs and That Is Not a Good Idea. Further titles in Mo's much loved Pigeon series include The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!, The Pigeon Loves Things That Go!, The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!, Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, which won the 2013 Irma Black Honor, The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! and The Pigeon Will Ride the Rollercoaster!. Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Paris, France. Find him online at and on Twitter as @The_Pigeon.


A raucous, zany, skit of a picture book…a masterful way of channelling a toddler’s high spirits


This brilliant story…manages to be beautiful to look at and funny to read, as well as requiring active audience participation.


There is no such thing as a bad Mo Willems book

The Times

If there’s a living creator of children’s books who stands a chance of occupying a cultural position akin to a Dr Seuss or a Charles M. Schulz, it’s Mr Willems

The New York Times

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