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We are big Mo Willems fans in this house.  We love the story about the naked mole rat who no longer wants to be naked, and Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too are those sorts of books I have read and read and read to destruction they were so popular with my children.

Mo Willems is a hero.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie has just been promoted to my newest, most favourite of Willems’ books.


In this book, A cute, big eyed duckling asks for a cookie, which he is duly given.

Just as he looks like he’s about to eat it, a pigeon wanders by.  The pigeon, it transpires, who has starred in many other Willems’ books such as ‘Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus’ and ‘Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay up Late!’

The pigeon, understandably, has rather a chip on its shoulder about the fact that it has, historically, been denied significant numbers of the things it has asked for.  It treats the politely curious duckling to an extended rant about the number of things it has failed to get, and the number of ways it has been humiliated by others having what the pigeon wants.

The duckling soothes the pigeon’s fevered brow, and gives it the cookie.

And yes, there is a twist in the tale.

But I’m not telling, because it’s lovely and funny.

Willems has a distinctive way of illustrating his books which is simple and yet full of lovely detail that makes the books such fun to read.

A perfect, funny book for children aged two to six.

Or me.

You can follow the adventures of the pigeon and his friends on the Pigeon Presents website.

You can also visit the Mo Willems’ website.