Percy The Pigeon is the story of a very greedy pigeon who hasn’t learnt to share, his friends have had enough of his selfish ways and decide to stay away from him.
It is a lovely story that Harrison Webbling particularly enjoyed because his middle name is Percy and author Katie Budge was kind enough to sign it for him. It is a tale of redemption and forgiveness with a happy ending, that really helps you to speak to children about what it means to be friends and to teach them that sharing really is caring. It starts off very humorous with Percy keeping everything to himself and eating anything he can get his hands on but soon teaches that greed leads to loneliness.
We enjoyed the rhyming text which was very rhythmic and rolled off of the tongue easily, there were no abstract concepts that Harrison was not familiar with so he could follow the story very easily and see the clear moral too.
The illustrations by Jen Aranyi are vibrant and striking despite being quite simple, it would have been really nice if they had gone to the edges of the pages but that is the illustrator in me talking and it didn’t detract from the story at all. Our favourite picture was this lovely random little snail, we are glad he didn’t get eaten by Percy! We were concerned for a moment!
The quality of the book is lovely, as in previous reviews that I have written this book also has lots of plain pages in the back. I have since found out that this is because of the print on demand processed commonly used now and is not down to the author. This is a serious waste that needs to be addressed by the printers in my opinion but is out of control of the creator at the present time.
We thoroughly enjoyed Percy The Pigeon, he is a funny and endearing little character. I would recommend this story for all children but especially if you are having trouble with children who don’t like to share, it is a hard lesson for us all to learn after all (I still don’t like sharing my Sherbet Fountains!). It opens up some interesting conversations in a very unobtrusive way.
The only negative Harrison had was that not all selfish people are chubby and not all chubby people are selfish. I was quite proud of this point of view from my little man, and it also highlighted to me that the book avoids the word ‘fat’ which I feel is probably sensible in a children’s story. We used this as an opportunity to discuss the fact that your outside doesn’t reflect what is on the inside.
We give Percy The Pigeon 4 out of 5 Webbs and look forward to reading more of Katie Budge’s stories.
Samantha and Harrison Webb x
Please note, this is not a sponsored review, I purchased this book directly from Katie Budge and it is available to purchase on Amazon.