Monday 24 August 2020

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

We all remember what it was like to start school. The worries of leaving your parents, making new friends, having too much stuff to learn, AND having to be up the same time, every. single. day! 

It is all just a bit much.

Well, Mo Willems' new picture book, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!, the tenth installment in his best-selling pigeon series, is sure to settle the nervous tummies of your little ones.

The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go?

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well ... almost everything. And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? I mean, what if he learns TOO MUCH!?!

It all starts with the why... 

Then they remind you that they already know everything already, so there is definitely no reason to go.

And finally, comes the worrying: Will the teacher like me? Will I like the teacher? What will the other boys and girls think of me? 

But in the end, all is well, as Pigeon soon discovers. 

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! is the perfect summer read to remind all new school children that not only is there nothing to worry about, but they will soon learn to love heading off to school!

 “As the summer holidays begin, and you’re looking for literature to line little stomachs, you are unlikely to find a funnier, jollier, truer book than this on the subject. […] Willems plays with scale and colour to express the pigeon’s feelings in his utterly distinctive illustrations. The words and pictures are as strong as each other. […] This got a big laugh with my one-boy focus group.” - The Times, Children’s Book of the Week