Caramel loved everything he read about Mo Willems’ Pigeon and so he was excited to get his paws on a copy of his new adventure: The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! Below he reviews this book, published this summer. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions as needed.
Sprinkles: So another pigeon story, right?
Caramel: Yes! The pigeon is so funny! Here’s a quote:
“I wish I was a little chick again. A little-itty-bitty-not-going-to-school-baby-waybie pigeon!”
S: So that basically summarizes the book, right? The Pigeon does not want to go to school.
S: Were you also worried about starting school, Caramel?
C: Yes. A little bit.
C: I was nervous because I thought, what if I won’t have any friends?
S: That’s totally natural Caramel. When we go into new places, we might be worried about not knowing anyone. But you did make friends pretty soon, right?
C: Yes! I found a good friend almost immediately. We still play fun stuff together.
S: So the Pigeon does not have to worry, right?
C: No. He doesn’t. School is fun!
S: Would that be what you would tell the Pigeon, that school is fun, so he does not have to worry?
C: Yep. I’d say don’t worry. It’s going to be alright. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be super duper awesome mega fun!
S: You like school a lot, don’t you Caramel?
C: Yep. I like my friends. I like my teacher. School is a lot of fun. But this year, I’ll probably have a new teacher. So I’m kind of worried. I already miss my old teacher.
S: Yes, your teacher was pretty cool, wasn’t she?
C: She was awesome!
S: I’m sure your new teacher will be awesome, too, Caramel.
C: Yes, I think so, too. I mean, I hope so.
S: Well, so in short we think school is fun. And the Pigeon doesn’t need to worry. What else do you want to say about this book Caramel?
C: This book would be a good book for kids who are starting school and who are a little scared.
S: Yes, Caramel! The Pigeon says all kinds of things that might worry a young child starting school. Like …
“What if the teacher doesn’t like pigeons?”
C: I really like the part where he is talking about heavy backpacks, but my favorite part is when he says:
“The unknown stresses me out, dude.”
S: The unknown can stress us out of course. We can totally see what the Pigeon is talking about, right?
C: Yes. There is a lot of stuff he doesn’t know about school and he is worried. He doesn’t even know if the finger paint will stick to his feathers!
S: Did you ever worry about finger paint Caramel?
C: No! I was worried about making friends and having a nice teacher. Finger paint sounds like fun! But we don’t do it too much in school actually.
S: You did some in preschool, but you might have forgotten. But you still do a lot of fun things at your school, right?
C: Yes, I love my school! It’s the best bunny school in the whole wide world!
S: And hopefully the school the Pigeon is going to is going to be the best school ever for pigeons.
C: Yes. I bet it will. Let us stop here. Readers: stay tuned for more reviews from the book bunnies!