I got this book as a gift from fellow illustrator, Mazni, in conjunction with International Book Giving Day 2014.
Fly, Pigeon, Fly is about a boy, John, who found and nursed a pigeon that he called Percy. Although he did not imprison the bird in a cage (he lets Percy out from his window in the morning and Percy will come home later for food), his father thought that Percy should be building nest and raising a family.
John finally takes Percy to a beach and let him fly. Percy would come back twice a week, then once a week, then once a month and finally stop coming back. John misses Percy badly but is happy to think that Percy is out there somewhere enjoying its freedom.
I love the story and very much agree with the moral of letting birds out and free in the wild. I do not believe in imprisoning birds or animals.
The writers tell the story in a first-person (a boy) narrative mode. The boy has no name so I thought I named him John (one of the writers). The illustrator uses pen/marker and acrylic to interpret the story in a sweet and beautiful way.
Writer: John Henderson & Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Thomas Docherty
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo by Kevin Waldron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I picked up this book because I like the illustrations. My son likes the illustrations too but thought that the text fonts and they way they were arranged are a bit confusing and distracting. To me it is ok.
Nonetheless, on personal note, I think the story is quirky and hilarious! It is about a zookeeper, Mr. Peek, who has mistakenly dressed in his son’s small jacket. He thought he is getting fat and mumbles about it while walking pass a hippo. The hippo thought the remark is intended for her and feels sad. And then Mr. Peek goes on mumbling out loud about the food he ate, his wrinkles, etc which the animals thought are intended for them. They become sad altogether.
Mr. Peek finds out that he was wearing his son’s jacket when he met him at the zoo. They switched jacket and Mr. Peek managed to restore the animals happiness as he goes on walking back pass the animals muttering happy remarks; totally the opposite of what he had said earlier.
* Suitable for children aged 7 and above. Of course, adults can read it too.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I think this book is brilliant! The journey of a special boy, Christopher, is very interesting and the way he thought of everything (and explained them) makes this book very special and one of a kind. Now I understand more about autistic kids and their level of intelligence.
*Boy, that was short haha! I try to write long review next time 🙂