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Dave Pigeon 1. How to deal with bad cats and keep (most of) your feathers by Swapna Haddon, illus. Sheena Dempsey.

November 8, 2018 Comments off

dave pigeon 1Dave Pigeon. How to deal with bad cats and keep (most of) your feathers by Swapna Haddon, illus. Sheena Dempsey. Pub. Faber & Faber, 2016.

This is the first of a series of books about a lovable but lucky pigeon called Dave. He loves himself, is very competitive, not that bright, likes to get the better of other pigeons in the race to that tender morsel at any cost, but in spite of that, he is successful.

Why’s that you may ask? because he has a true friend in Skipper who not only gets Dave out of scraps but writes or narrates these tales.

These books are for your newly confident reader who may be reluctant but will follow a series if there is enough going on. I am happy to say there is a lot going on and in this book Dave and Skipper have found a human who is good to them but she has a mean cat who will rip their feathers off if given a chance.

The cat has to go but how? You will have to read the book to find out. Dave’s efforts are bizarre and Skipper is going to be tested.

Sheena Dempsey illustrates superbly with the cat being a beauty. For readers 7-10 years.





Dork Diaries: Skating Sensation by Rachel Renee Russell

June 5, 2012 Comments off

Dork Diaries: Skating Sensation by Rachel Renee Russell. Pub. Simon & Schuster, 2012. 

Nikki Maxwell and her friends Chloe and Zoey are in their early teens. They are full of life and interested in boys. Nikki keeps a diary for the month of December and it counts down to an ice skating competition and a party to be given by a hunky boy Brandon.

Brandon is a nice boy, he is caring, good looking and has a mysterious background. Whats more he likes Nikki and she is overjoyed.

Nikki has a rival in the form of poodle come airhostess, MacKenzie and a little sister Brianna who causes havoc in her life when the chance arises.

It’s all fun but there is a distinct difference from what this novel describes as a Dork, io that which is held in New Zealand.

Nikki calls herself a dork and she would rather prise her eye out with a dirty spatula than read Moby Dick (who wouldn’t). Even though she can’t skate she enters into a charity skating competition to save a cat and dog home, and the fun starts.

Easy read for reluctant girl readers at intermediate level, it is the fourth book in the series which should be popular.