Our pigeontastic pals are back again! In this adventure, Dave and Skipper brush feathers with royalty as Dave’s latest catbrained idea leads them to the Human Palace to enjoy all the leftover treats from the royal party held the day before. Meeting Prince Raju, the Royal Pigeon, opens a whole new packet of biscuits as the similarity between him and Dave leads to them swapping places for a day. But life in the Royal Lofts is not all it’s cracked up to be…
Brilliantly illustrated throughout by Sheena Dempsey, ‘Royal Coo!’ is a delightfully funny read which allows readers to revisit their favourite pigeons, Dave and Skipper. The story is a pigeon take on The Prince and the Pauper, reminding us all that the grass is not always greener! Dave’s wonderfully naive and biscuit centred view of the world makes him so endearing. In contrast, Princess Niyanta and Palomi add a touch of winged wickedness, but a few wise words from Skipper leads to a satisfying conclusion for all!
Clever chapter headings offer plays on words and there is a additional information about the real Royal pigeons- and the Tower ravens. There is also a guide to how to do the pigeon floss!
This might just be my new favourite book! Whilst reading last night, I was completely amazed to find that I (in pigeon form!) make an appearance in the story. My class love Dave Pigeon books and so I treated them to a reading of that section and they burst into spontaneous applause! It really made my day! That aside, this is such a fun story with an appeal across age groups which makes it a real winner!
A brilliant addition to the series, Royal Coo is out in March.
Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
Faber and Faber ISBN: 978- 0571336982
You can read our review of Dave Pigeon, the 2016 NSTBA 2016 Read Aloud category, here.
You can read our review of Dave Pigeon (Racer!) here.