“The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!’ by Mo Willems

I always knew that the gift or reading would open a totally new world for my son, I just didn’t know it would be the world of … fast food.

The other day, as we were driving by (note: not driving thru) a house of Big Mac & Co, my six-year-old suddenly asked. “Mommy, when can we go to this M [si:] Donald’s restaurant?” As a language purist I was ready to correct him, but the food purist in me had won and I just beamed with pride. Viva ignorance! As long as it lasts. I know that no later than in high school, he will learn more the pronunciation of junk food.

His interest in the snazzy billboard content and his questions about the fast food menu (“Are tacos  from Taco Bell are as good as yours?”)  made me think about the curious little Duckling from “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!”

Pigeon finds a hot dog. He just can’t wait to eat it, but here comes a curious duckling with never-ending questions about the treat in the bun… “Would you say that it tastes like chicken?”  Will Pigeon get to enjoy his hot dog? Will the clever duckling finally taste the hot dog?

Just like other books from the Pigeon series, “The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!” will make you giggle on every page. The pictures and dialogues entertain every time you read this book. And you do want to read it over and over again.

By the way, unlike the duckling, my son prefers his hot dogs with ketchup. And unlike the Pigeon, I am not going to let my little duckling outsmart me. We will keep driving by, not driving thru.

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