Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App! Book App Review (iOS, $5.99)

  • Category: Book
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Updated: Oct, 27 2011
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 250.58 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

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Customer Ratings

Current Version:
29 Ratings
All Versions:
289 Ratings


Three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems brings the Pigeon to the digital screen with this original, feature-rich, animated app.

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!” lets you create your own Pigeon stories with your pal, Mo Willems. Just follow as the Bus Driver asks you for your ideas—then shake the Pigeon. Your story is ready! Sit back and enjoy the show. Once you’re finished, try it again…and again. You can make as many silly stories as you want.

This fully animated app includes hilarious shake-and-play technology, customized voice integration, and other exciting interactive features. Plus, you can draw the Pigeon with Mo!

Starring appearance by the Pigeon, voiced by Mo Willems!
Also starring YOU! Record your own voice as part of the story.
Pigeon-drawing tutorial with Mo!
Personalized vault for six of your favorite Big Pigeon stories!

Three unique storytelling modes!
Read-along option!
Shake-and-tap interactivity!
Pigeon-y sound effects and music!

Note: If you have a second- or third-generation iPod Touch, be sure to use earphones with a built-in microphone (like the ones that came with your device) to enjoy all the great features of this app!

Customer Reviews

  • Very cute but....

    by Venerican

    There is really only 1 story. Would love to see some additional stories added.

  • Don't Let the Pidgeon Run this App

    by CarolSouthard

    I had the same problem and contacted support and they replied very quickly with a solution. "Be sure that you've enabled the app access to your device's microphone. You can check this setting by opening the Settings app, clicking "Privacy", and then "Microphone". Mine somehow got turned OFF during the latest IOS upgrade.

  • Don't let the pigeon run this app

    by 10 19 Riley Huth

    It is awesome!!!

  • At this rate, the pigeon WILL rule the world....

    by QueenofGames

    My 2.5 year olds new favorite app. He's getting he hang of recording answers, and loves all three story modes. It makes him giggle like a fiend. Don't let the price scare you, it's totally $6 worth of fun!

  • Wonderful app, but one suggestion...

    by PeteyMSC

    My son loves this app. He will make stories over and over again and laugh the entire time. I've recommended this app to other teachers and librarians who have younger kids. One suggestion would be to put in a export or share feature so that we could keep favorite stories. Keep the Mo Willems apps coming!

  • Overpriced

    by Me too also as well

    A fun app but overpriced for what u get. It's basically an animated MadLib. But it's the same story every time... I was hoping for a little more for $5.99.

  • Pigeon lover

    by A lightsey

    Mo willams is so funny and I love playing.

  • Love it!

    by Vi's mommy

    Me and my 4 1/2 yr old daughter absolutely loved it!! I stumbled upon this app tonight and we didn't want to put it down. Looking forward to creating more stories with my daughter. As one reviewer mentioned, it would be nice if there were other ways to save more than just the 6 favorites.

  • Great app, but needs email support!

    by JP Favara

    This app is wonderful, but I would love the ability to send the favorite stories to my email address and keep them forever. I'm scared my toddler is going to overwrite the fun stories we made together and I would love to have them to keep permanently. I'll add a star if this feature ever gets added.

  • Awesome App!

    by AmandaTP2929

    My children, ages 5 and 7 love this book! It keeps them preoccupied for at least 45min while I cook dinner. They love making their own stories and listening to the play back! An awesome and creative book! I highly recommend this book.

  • Worth every penny

    by Tanya Britton

    My 3 1/2 year old son loves Mo Willems and LOVES this app. We gave him a quick tutorial how to record his voice and he now sits and creates his own stories. He giggles at the silly stories he creates. If you've got a child this loves Mo Willems, give it a try.

  • Don't let yourself not download this app!

    by FantasticMrsFox

    My son loves this app. I agree it can get a little boring, but it's really creative Nd worth the price. Please make more!

  • Cute, but slightly expensive

    by richy240

    Doesn't have the depth I expected for $6. It is a cool app though.

  • Wonderful! Update, please!

    by mainameis

    My daughter loves Pigeon, so please add more Mo Willems books! Elephant and Piggie and Knuffle Bunny would be awesome. Thanks!

  • Now we want more!

    by Tsimpson123

    This was (and is) such an amazing app...please update and add more books! (The Elephant and Piggie series would be a great place to start!)

  • Fun, but gets old eventually

    by m34ch

    My kids and I both love this app. It's hilarious, even though my "pigeon voice" when I read the books sounds nothing like Mo Willems. The only complaint I have is that it only has one template for the story. You fill in the blanks, but it's like playing the same Mad Libs sheet over and over and over again. Eventually it gets old. Still, this is a great buy for fans of he books. My kids love it.

  • Decent but where's the reading?

    by Spider crazy!

    It's good though a bit overpriced. We thought it would at least come with some more stories. However, the biggest issue is that kids can not turn off sound and read along... No words on the page! If you can update with maybe a couple more stories and add text they can read with... We have a 5 star educational and entertaining app. Here's hoping!

  • Won't save

    by Mytouch2

    We love Mo. He and Eric Carle are the only reason my son reads. But we can't get this app to save a story. At the end do we say our name before or after we push the button. I will uninstall and reinstall. That is usually the answer.

  • Request

    by vindikate

    We love this app, it never gets old to my daughter. I wish there were more options and that there were more items to record. Please make an Elephant and Piggie app!!!!

  • Great

    by Ktmax17

    My seven-year-old loves this app. She is even drawing pigeons on her own.

  • App did not work for us -- would not record voices

    by blah+blah+blah+blahblahblah

    This app was expensive AND did not work. There is a feature where it asks your kid to record their voice as part of a new story. We tried many times but it did not pick up either my child's voice or mine consistently. Very disappointing. We bought it b/c we are fans of Mo Willems. He should stay away from Disney.

  • Shameful

    by Btdtphx

    It's simply shameful that Disney doesn't offer any support for this title. Without the ability to record your own voice, this app is pretty much worthless.

  • Doesn't work

    by Remarcablemusic

    This is a great app...we have used it before on a friends iPad but for some reason it does not hear us on ours. I just downloaded it and am very disappointed I spent $$ on something that doesn't work correctly! This needs to be fixed.

  • App does not work.

    by Suicidal13

    My daughter loved this app but ever since upgrading the software on my iPhone 5, we are having the same problem described in the previous review... It never hears us when trying to record us speaking. Please fix!

  • Help!

    by amykck

    we love this app, but since we've updated, it's not recording our voice. It just keeps saying, "whoops! Can't hear you!" We have an iPad.

  • Don't let the pigeon waste your money- doesn't work..REALLY!!!

    by No nook!

    In order to create your own story you must first, answer the questions the bus driver asks...simple enough...except, Just as the bus driver tells you(well...your child!) to add your name and click the button are brought right back to the beginning and left with nothing - zilch - NAaaaaDDAaaa!!!! My daughter just told me I should put zero stars! MO....what are you doing putting your work on this crappy app? PARENTs.....go buy an elephant and piggie's a lot more fun!!

  • This is a stupid

    by Justamazing 7

    The stupid bus driver freezes when I say something that is smelly. You just rip money off of people.

  • Writing part won't open!

    by Apoggia

    I was able to write one story and then it froze. I really loved the idea of the program so decided to download it for a second time for another $6. And it still won't open. Please try to fix it! I'd really love to be able to use it with my grandchildren and students! I' m giving one star for the pigeon drawing part and would give 5 if you could fix it.

  • Angry Mom

    by Ni:43

    This app won't open!!! First and last time I'll pay six dollars for a picture of the pigeon!!! Get it fixed or give me back my money!!!! Now I've got a furious nine year old to deal with. Thanks, MO

  • Freeze!!

    by At our wit's end

    My daughter saved up $6 to buy this app. She was so excited when we let her download it 2 days ago. SO disappointed that we only get a title screen every time we open it. She is crushed and we can't find any tech support for this out contact info on Mo Willems' website or anything. Please help! We would love to be able to write a glowing review here but have a really bad taste in our mouths because of this.

  • Fix This

    by Jelicala

    As soon as it is installed it is blank , I just paid $ 5.00 for this app PLEASE FIX THIS !

  • Upset!

    by Anissa702

    Just purchased this and my son played it once and it freezed on him. This is the first time a app that's done this to me since I brought the iPad 7 months ago.

  • PJLou

    by PJSlugger

    Like others, the app keeps freezing at the same point in the story. Could use three or four stories instead of one. What a ripoff.

  • Yay for Pigeon

    by LonghornMama

    We love Mo, all his books and especially Pigeon!! Fun app!

  • We love Pigeon! AND UPDATES!!!!!

    by BandMom36

    From the minute my 7 yr.old an I met Pigeon, we were COMPLETLY hooked,including my 16 year old daughter! Macy(7) creates her own books and skits with Pigeon as the star. We LOVE his dramatic, and dry humor and wit. Thanks for helping us raise creative , book luvin and funny girls Mo!!! PLEASE!!!! Add some new things!Games, stories, gosh Anything to the app!!!! As Pigeon would whine, " I bet Gerald & Piggie get updates on Everything....." hehehe!

  • Rip off

    by apinkcloud

    Feel totally mislead. This is not really a book. It's one short cartoon that has 5 to 8 customizable words that allow you to make a "custom" story. It's extremely limited and a waste of money. Don't buy.

  • Awesome

    by Jas989

    This is an awesome! The kids are going to love using this!

  • Great Execution/Short on Content

    by copperhead214

    I got this on sale ($4.99) and, as apps go, I don't think it is worth that—certainly not full price. If you compare it to buying a book, it's a fine deal, but in the app pricing structure, you're not getting much. An earlier review comparing this to a simple Mad Libs is spot on. You're not really creating different stories—just the same story with a few different details. You put in the details and then watch the story. If you think of it as buying a book, you'll probably be okay with the price, but if you compare it to other similarly-priced apps, you'll likely be disappointed. For what it does, though, this app is creative and VERY well executed. It's quite funny and easy to navigate, and it runs smoothly on my 4S. There's great attention to detail and a nice pigeon-drawing lesson with the author.

  • Freeze

    by Dmerci

    They need to do some bug fixes. It keeps freezing when my son tries to make up stories. I'd like my seven bucks back.

  • Mom

    by Faris5

    This app keeps freezing up. My kids keep trying to use it Nd it freezes half way through trying to make a story.

  • Love the book, love the APP

    by Trudy McLeod

    This is such a clever App. If your kids love Mo Willems books this App will be a hit. They can create their own "book" and laugh hysterically at it as they have the books.

  • Cute but not worth 6.99

    by Slayton

    It's a simple mad libs. Not worth 6.99 but fun

  • Asomazing

    by Bo-5


  • If you use as intended, this app is wonderful

    by ekgnet

    If you use this app as a "babysitter" forget it, your child will not get it and move on. However if you spend time with them and help them with the apps options, they will take it, learn from it and run with it. I am thankful to Mo Willems and the developers of this app for how thoughtful they were. Our son has moved ahead with his drawing on his own from this and developed skills we never saw in him because of this app. Thank you. I did question the cost but it is worth it if you spend the time with your child and the app.

  • Love Mo!!

    by mom854456

    If you are a Mo Willems fan you will love this app! My 7 and 5 year olds have been playing with it for 2 weeks non-stop. It is a little pricey for an app but I would easily pay this for one of his books and the interactivity for the kids is a lot of fun. If for nothing else, adding "eleventybillion" to my vocabulary was worth the $7 alone ;). Thank you Mo!

  • its cute.. but not for very long..

    by m.o. ptd

    this app should be $4.99 at the most. or, the developer should add more content.. another story maybe? my 4 year old is not a kid who sits in front of the tv all day, but i could tell that he will get bored with this fast. his response to elmo and grovers app/book, "another monster at the end of this book," is way more enthusiastic than his response to this. the description is a bit misleading. i, as well, thought that the story would actually change as opposed to the same story with very specific and limited phrases replaced throughout. overall, its a pretty neat app. worth 8 bucks? not at all. drop the price and/or add more content to this app please.

  • Great app!

    by Birdy8976

    LOVE this app! It stays true to Mo Willem's books and my daughter absolutely loves it. Great for creative writing. Worth the $6.99

  • Confused?

    by Vanessa!!

    I'm not sure why, but the sound is gone. Keeps telling my 2 year old to put on head phones. (he would never keep them on). Also, keeps crashing. Never a full 2 minute play without crashing. And for the price? Pissed off is the least of what I'm feeling right about now.

  • This app is awesome!

    by Lucky Jin

    Write your own book, good for kids of all ages and adults too! Don't let the pigeon not give this app 5 stars! This is well worth the money you spend on it!

  • Good Job

    by EJasmin13

    I can't stop playing with this app. Good Job!!!!

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