If you aren't familiar with the Pigeon series, you need to get yourself to the library right now and take out one of these books immediately! Seriously. Go now. Read the rest of this post later. You're missing out!! These books are absolutely hilarious and my children and I can't help but smile and laugh out loud at the Pigeon's antics each time we read them. The Pigeon Needs a Bath is the most recent in the series, and might just be one of my favorites yet.
The cover itself lets you know just where this story is headed. The Pigeon is filthy and needs a bath, but he insists he does not. After all, he just took a bath last month! "'Clean.' 'Dirty.' They're just words, right?" He feels clean! As for those flies that are swarming around him? "Purely coincidental." In true Pigeon form, he finally agrees -- reluctantly, of course -- to get into the bath, but not without one of Mo's classic multi-framed page spreads of Pigeon banter. "The water is too hot… Too cold… Too deep! Not deep enough… Too lukewarm… Too cold… Too hot again!… Not enough toys… Too many toys… Still too hot…" And once he finally gets in (as I have experienced with my own children time and again), he naturally changes his mind and doesn't want to get out! Right. On. In every way. So fun!
I suppose really needn't say anything else, other than that I hope you are able to get your hands on a copy of this fabulous book as soon as possible! Mo Willems, thank you for creating so many fantastic stories that we will remember fondly for years to come.