Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is a DVD in the
Scholastic Storybook Treasures series. With a running time
of 49 minutes (plus extras), it features three stories on one DVD. All
three stories are based on classic children's books by Mo Willems. In
addition to being the author and illustrator of the books, Mr.
Willems does voice work for each story on the DVD. The stories
are Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle
Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Leonardo the Terrible Monster.
The DVD is recommended for children ages 2-8, and all three stories
are very appropriate for that age range.
There is a read-along feature, where the words are printed on
the screen for young readers to follow. To make it easier
to follow, each word changes color as it is spoken. The extras
include a "you-yell" version of Don't Let the Pigeon
Drive the Bus! where the audience is encouraged to yell out "No!" when
the pigeon asks if he can drive the bus. My children very
much enjoyed this interactive part of the DVD. There is also
a Spanish version of Knuffle Bunny. The final extra
is Mo Willems speaking to school children about how the Pigeon
book was created. He also shows the children how to draw the
pigeon. This was my favorite part of the disc.
The stories are cute, wholesome, and fun. Our family is glad to
add Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! to
our DVD library. It is a nice combination of education and entertainment.