The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
April 18th, 2011
For a bibliophile, there are few greater joys than discovering not just a new book, but an entire new series. A whole world of new adventures stretching out beyond the all-too-soon ending of a single tome. Ooooh. It makes me all tingly just thinking about it.
Miss Mouse and I both discovered new series this weekend so we’re in fine spirits. On Saturday, Miss Mouse, Buggie, and I traipsed down to the Pittsburgh Public Market — in the pouring rain, I might add — for drop-in storytelling at a newly-opened Carnegie Library kiosk at the market (what an awesome idea!!).
The setting wasn’t ideal because the market is quite noisy, but they had a really great story-reader for the day. She was a round, huggable, white-haired lady in a motorized wheelchair. She had a great reading voice and interacted well with the kids. One of the books she read was: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, by Mo Willems (author of the popular Knuffle Bunny books). It’s a wonderfully silly tale featuring an abstractly-drawn and very self-important pigeon who wants nothing more in life than a puppy. Until he actually meets one. Miss Mouse loved it and was thrilled to be allowed to check it out from the library.
And lo and behold, there are more! There are at least four or five other Pigeon books, including one called “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” which gets major points for a great title. We’re looking forward to reading them all!
While Miss Mouse was befriending the literary fowl this weekend, I was diving into a mystery. I started book one of the Jasper Fforde series “The Eyre Affair.” It’s a rollicking adventure of literary skullduggery and time travel, set in an already-not-yet Great Britain. The year is 1985, but it is a 1985 utterly unlike the one in our own world. A master criminal is kidnapping characters from literature and holding them hostage. Only Thursday Next, our heroine, can stop him! Book lovers, this one’s for you.