Book review: Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest, by Sarah Hampson, illustrated by Kass Reich

Hampson, Sarah. Dr. Coo and the Pigeon Protest. Illustrated by Kass Reich. Kids Can Press, 2018. Unpaged. $16.99. ISBN 9781771383615. Ages 4-8. P7Q6.

Dr. Archibald Coo (pigeon) and his pigeon friends feel unappreciated in the city. They are chased by old ladies with umbrellas, in danger from angry drivers, discouraged with spikes from perching on ledges, etc. They leave the city in protest of this treatment, and won’t return until people learn to appreciate them and their noble history. By the end of the story, an agreement has been reached- the pigeons won’t “splat” on cars and heads anymore, and people will be neighborly. The artwork is nice enough and has a soft quality.

VERDICT: I felt like it took too long to get to the protest aspect of the story, and of course, anyone with experience with pigeons and their “splat” will have mixed feelings about the agreement, in spite of the commendable attitude of cooperation.

June 2018 review by Carol Schramm.

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