The Brooklyn-based writer and illustrator Mo Willems is the master of picture books for preschool children; his Knuffle Bunny stories number among my top ten favourite picture books. The pigeon begins with an excellent question, “Why go?”, then, in an avian Socratic rant, explains all the reasons why he doesn’t want or need to, from “I already know everything” to “What if the teacher doesn’t like pigeons?” He even contemplates returning to his baby days to avoid the big day: “I wish I was a little chick again. A little-itty-bitty-not-going-to-school-baby-waybie-pigeon!”This got a big laugh with my one-boy f ocus group. Willems draws him reminiscing with a photograph of a baby him with a bus. Fans of this series will be aware of the pigeon’s love of the vehicles and his previous unfortunate attempt to drive one. Of course, this being a pro-education missive, in the end he talks himself round. It helps that there’s a school bus to go on.