Have you ever read a Mo Willems book? I have. They’re my favorite.
The one about not letting the pigeon stay up late is probably my favorite. Just yesterday we picked up the one about the duckling with the cookie. Mo Willems writes and illustrates the kind of books that I adore, more specifically the kind of books the drama nerd in me adores. You see, every one of Mo Willems characters has a voice provided by me and my extensive nerdiness. Even better? Addie has started making up voices of her own. All of them sound pretty high and squeaky, but she’s just so darn cute trying to switch in and out of deep voices, accents, and genders. As we were leaving the library the other day I told her that one day she’d read all the pigeon books to her kids and say “My mom used to read these to me in goofy voices.” I had a moment.
- The man in the pigeon books is a sort of and older Robert De Niro.
- The pigeon is a play off of Rosie Perez from Untamed Heart.
- Elephant is a sort of Jim Carrey inspired by his portrayal of Horton in Horton Hears a Who.
- Piggie is a true Southern gentleman and we haven’t quite figured out the duckling. We’re pretty sure Addie will providing the voice for the duckling, so it’s sort of like Isabella from Phineas and Ferb.
Our other favorite series that requires massive dramatic acting? Skippyjon Jones. If you can hear the author read her book it will give you a MUCH better idea of the flow and characters, there’s a reason a CD is included in a lot of her books.
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