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.


Book review: King of the Sky, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin

Davies, Nicola. Illustrated by Laura Carlin. King of the Sky. Candlewick Press, 2017. $17.99. Unpaged. ISBN 9780763695682. Ages 4-7. P7 Q8

Nicola Davies continues her animal focus with King of the Sky. A young boy experiences culture shock after relocating to Britain from Italy. The only constant in his life, he notes, is the presence of pigeons. After befriending an elderly pigeon trainer, the disenchanted boy begins to believe in the impossible and appreciate his life in unexpected ways. King of the Sky is a hopeful story and beautifully illustrated in Laura Carlin’s muted, smudgy style.

Verdict: I would recommend this book for thoughtful children or those who have recently relocated. It belongs in school and public libraries.

November 2017 review by Lillian Curanzy.