Kid’s Book Review: Dave Pigeon

Kid’s Book Review: Dave Pigeon

About the Book and Author and Illustrator

Remember Dave Pigeon? Kittens is the fifth illustrated book from this funny series for emerging independent readers by Swapna Haddow and Sheena Dempsey (Faber).

Dave and Skipper have a problem: Mean Cat has multiplied! Kittens = more cats = more pigeon problems. But when the kittens are threatened only Dave and Skipper can save the day . . .

DAVE: I can’t believe we’ve written a book with MORE cats than pigeons.
SKIPPER: Technically, there are 6 cats and 7 pigeons.
DAVE: That’s 6 cats too many!



Dave Pigeon (Kittens)
Swapna Haddow

Swapna Haddow lives in London with her karate-chopping, swash-buckling son (his words not hers), her thirty-something, age-sensitive husband and Archie the Dog.

Sheena Dempsey is an illustrator from Cork living in Folkestone, Kent.

Book Review

I liked stopping to look at the pictures and talking about them with mum

Cedar: I really enjoyed this story about two pigeons and two cats. I liked how the pigeons had conversations throughout and in the end helped ‘mean cat’ when she had her kittens, by looking after them. It was funny when the pigeons were talking to each other and trying to come up with a plan to stay safe from ‘Auntys cat’. I liked stopping to look at the pictures and talking about them with mum. It wasn’t too long and the chapters were short.

Mum: Hilariously funny throughout even making adults laugh the story of two garden pigeons and their enemy ‘mean cat’ full of laughs and adventure that both my children enjoyed, it wasn’t too long and kept them interested. The illustrations were good to break up the text. It was a really enjoyable read and sparked conversations about what our animals would talk about if they did speak out loud. We read this over a week at bedtimes so was a good light hearted read.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Cedar
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: Riding my bike, monster trucks and Lego
  • Dislikes: Spiders and vegetables
  • Favourite Book: The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Favourite Film: Sing 2