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I spent a wonderful hour in the warmth of Turanga  Library today, with a group of excited  children (and many adults too) being entertained by the very funny and equally lovely, Swapna Haddow.

Swapna is the author of the Dave Pigeon books which I have thoroughly enjoyed. They are all about pigeons, in particular, Dave and his best mate ,Skipper. Her books are illustrated by the very talented Sheena Dempsey Skipper is the sensible one who tries to keep Dave out of trouble. It doesn’t always work out that way but that is perfect because that leads to mischief and often a bit of mayhem, which keep readers entertained.

Swapna told us how she spends her day writing, coming up with ideas and even that perhaps from time to time, like many writers, she might have to fib. All very funny and innocent and a great way to finish the first week of the school holidays. Listening to her reading out her book was delightful, especially the humour in the stories and the voices and accents she uses.

You can check out her books and more about Swapna and of course, Dave and Skipper on her website here.

Apologies for the grainy shots. I was at the back and my zoom isn’t too good on my phone. Hopefully I will get to have another chance to be entertained by Swapna again soon.

 

 

Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!)

By Swapna Haddow

Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

ISBN 9780571336982

Faber & Faber

Dave, the sling-wearing pigeon and his best friend Skipper, are back for another laugh-out-loud adventure. This time the two of them find themselves caught up with royalty, as in the royal pigeons, impersonation, a coup, or is that a coo? Skipper constantly tries to keep the peace and be the sensible one but Dave somehow always ends up with “catbrained” plans that go disastrously wrong for them both. This time, while impersonating certain other pigeons at the Human Palace, they overhear plans that could be dangerous for all involved.

Together, they’re like a comedy duo. The are funny, yet seriously wise, argumentative, yet  caring but always, most importantly, supportive of each other. You can’t help but warm to them and their antics. This is book four in the series and just as funny as the first three.

The illustrations continue to make me smile. You can see their personalities shine through the drawings. You can see their expressions; anger, annoyance, wisdom, caring and so much more, through the delightfully comical illustrations. Swapna Haddow and Sheena Demspey make these books very special and perfect for first chapter books.

If you are in Christchurch for the school holidays then why not pop along to Turanga and meet Swapna yourself as part of the Kidsfest festival 2019. I sure hope to pop in and meet her myself.

Kidfest Swapna Haddow

 

Dave Pigeon

By Swapna Haddow

Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

ISBN 97805713233302

Faber and Faber

Dave Pigeon is a series of first chapter books for newly independent readers and those who just love a good funny story. Dave is as you imagine rightly, a pigeon and so is his best mate Skipper. They demonstrate many good qualities; kindness, teamwork, friendship, and resourcefulness. They also demonstrate rather hilariously, deviousness and cunning. A disastrous encounter with Mean Cat results in a a broken wing for Dave and a surprise rescue by Mean Cat’s human owner. In order to stay safe and enjoy their new home with the human, they need to get rid of her cat. Their plans are very funny but not exactly successful but that is what makes this book a delight. This would also make a great read-aloud especially in junior classes. I love how hopeful and determined the pigeons are in trying to get what they want.

The books are illustrated with quirky drawings on almost every page which adds to the appeal and success of these award winning books for ages 5 – 8.

I am also delighted with the fact that the author has moved from the UK to my home city in New Zealand.

Check out some of the other books in the series for more hilarious antics and adventures.

Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!)

ISBN 9780571324439

 

 

Dave Pigeon (Racer!)

ISBN 9780571336906Dave Pigeon (Racer!)