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How to Be famous by Michal Shalev

January 6, 2016

how to be famousHow to Be famous by Michal Shalev. Pub. Gecko Press, 2015.

Another stunning picture book from Gecko written on several levels for children and adults.

This is the age of the selfie and I am sure that if the pigeon in this story had a cellphone it would be full of selfies.

The pigeon crosses that fine line between confidence and self delusion. On the first double page spread  we see a typical pigeon hangout with a declaration of this is my family and we are all famous. The uncle was a bit of a rascal.

Then follows a two page history of famous relatives from the Ark to the great war. This is followed by a trip to the zoo where we learn of the pigeon’s  self obsessed fame leading to his unexpected demise.

Simple written text with superb pencil and watercolour illustrations. The crocodile runway is terrific.

if you miss this one you will kick yourself.

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