series is a set of children's picture book by writer/illustrator Mo Willems. The first book in the series, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
, was released in 2003. In it, a bus driver who has to take a break asks the reader to watch the Pigeon, who then tries to finagle the reader into letting him drive the bus. Its runaway success spurred the release of other books, videos, and merchandise. There is even a musicaltour
called simply "Pigeon"
, followed by the year of the tour (2013, 2014...), based on the book.
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
- Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
- The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
- The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
- The Duckling Gets a Cookie?
- Don't Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!
- The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
The Pigeon also makes cameos in many works by Mo Willems, most notably the Elephant & Piggie
This series demonstrates the following tropes:
- Angrish: The pigeon throws an all out temper tantrum upon learning that his name isn't in the title of "The Duckling gets a Cookie?!"
Pigeon: (sobbing) I..I just wanna be in the title. Is THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?! HUH?! IS IT?!! WHY THE-ASGFJFFEGJHEEJH
- Bad Liar: The Pigeon, full stop.
- Baths Are Fun: In "The Pigeon Needs a Bath!," the Pigeon is very dirty and smelly and needs a bath, but doesn't want to have one at first. Once he finally comes around, however, he finds that he loves it and stays in it for at least ten hours.
- Big "NO!": The audience's expected response to the Pigeon in "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!" The Pigeon himself does this in "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?"
- Big Word Shout: The Pigeon gets one in every book, inevitably filling up a two-page spread while doing so.
- Bird Child: The Pigeon, who throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get what he wants.
- Blatant Lies: The Pigeon would try all kinds of shenanigans to convince the reader to let him do what he wants, from telling them that "their moms would let him do it" to outright bribing the reader with 5 bucks.
- Call Back: As part of his rant during "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?", the Pigeon brings up being told "No!" during the events of past books.
- The Cameo: Duckling and Knuffle Bunny make cameos as bath toys in "The Pigeon needs a Bath!"
- The Determinator: As Mo Willems notes in an interview available on the DVD of the animated version of Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, this is the Pigeon's defining characteristic and something that he shares in common with real-life pigeons.
- Fake Interactivity: The answer to the Pigeon is always "No!"
- Fish Eyes: In "The Duckling Gets a Cookie", the Pigeon has these when he directly faces the viewer during his rant when he talks about asking for a French Fry Robot.
- Foil: The Duckling is this to the Pigeon in a sense.
- Subverted by the Mad Cow from Don't Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!
- Food Porn: Done with a hot dog in "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!"
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The Pigeon is prone to this.
- I'll Be Your Best Friend: This is one of the Pigeon's tactics.
- My New Gift Is Lame: Played with in "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?" The Duckling gets a nuts-and-chocolate cookie from the reader. The Pigeon becomes jealously enraged, only to be genuinely surprised when the Duckling gives it to him. After the Pigeon leaves, the Duckling asks for a cookie without nuts.
- Noodle Incident: In "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?", the Pigeon refers to being repeatedly turned down when he asks for a French Fry Robot or his own personal iceberg. No story so far has shown either of these happening, or what'd he'd even do with those.
- No Fourth Wall: The reader is encouraged to talk back to the characters, especially in yelling "NO!" to the Pigeon.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: The Mad Cow.
- The Pig Pen: Pigeon becomes one in "The Pigeon Needs a Bath!" The smell becomes so bad, not even the flies would go near him!
- Tastes Like Chicken: What the Duckling wonders a hot dog tastes like.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Despite what he says, the Pigeon sometimes gets what he wants...though in one instance, he quickly backpedals on it (see Wanting Is Better Than Having below.) The Duckling Gets A Cookie? plays this straight by having the Duckling give the Pigeon the cookie.
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: Happens when the Pigeon obsesses about getting a puppy, only to discover it's a lot bigger and messier than he had expected.