Mo Willems’s Pigeon books are modern classics. Maybe I’m overstating that – but they are more complex then they first appear, and they require and inspire a level of sophistication that, say, Beatrix Potter (genius, no question) couldn’t have dreamed possible in a book for children.
The Pigeon Finds A Hotdog has become the favorite around here.
But (Newbery Award Winning) Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus is the one that started it all. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late is a sublime answer to nearly every argument your child could give for wanting to stay up – a preemptive strike to a family conflict that probably began when we still lived in caves/trees/puddles.
There are half a dozen others (I never really warmed to The Pigeon Wants A Puppy).
Here is The Pigeon I made from Model Magic (which I have to write about at some point, because Crayola is lying through their teeth when they say you can’t store it after it’s opened):