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Dave Pigeon (Racer!)

Swapna Haddow
Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

Shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Book Award and numerous regional awards, this hilarious series is adored by its readers. Over 350,000 Swapna and Sheena books sold!

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WINNER of the Greenhouse Funny Prize; SHORTLISTED for the Sainsbury’s Book Award and numerous regional awards, this hilarious series is adored by its readers!

Have you ever sat in a shoebox? Of course you have. But have you ever sat in one when your best friend Dave has spread his feathery self out so wide that his cheesy feet are right up your beak and an old banana is taking up the rest of the space? I didn’t think so.

This is where our story begins . . .

Dave Pigeon and his best friend Skipper are travelling in a box to Pawsville Vets . . . maybe Dave will finally get his broken wing fixed.

The pet shop is full of new friends . . . Jet the dog, Cricket Ball Face the hamster . . . and with friendship comes a bit of healthy competition, and what could be better than a race for a racing pigeon? But the only animal who thinks Dave is capable of going up against the infamous Mickey Lightning is Dave himself.

The third instalment to this laugh-out-loud new series is fully illustrated throughout by the incredible Sheena Dempsey.

‘A hilarious new series.’ Angels and Urchins

‘A really enjoyable read for children just moving into chapter books.’ Books for Keeps

‘Readers will love this action packed story about friendship, bravery and the lengths a pigeon will go to to secure themselves a crumbly treat.’ Reading Zone

‘I can’t imagine any child not loving Dave and waiting excitedly for his next adventure.’ Serendipity Reviews

‘Readers will love it as it is full of daring and bravery, and much backfiring of ridiculous schemes and much crossing out.’ The School Librarian

Critic Reviews

Plenty to keep those pages turning

Inis Children Books Ireland
Critic Reviews

Funny speech bubble dialogue throughout and edge-of-your-seat drama until the end.

Critic Reviews

Should work well for readers taking their first step beyond chapter books.

The Inis Reading Guide
Faber Booktime: Swapna Haddow & Sheena Dempsey, Dave Pigeon

Author Swapna Haddow and illustrator Sheena Dempsey talk about their brilliant series, Dave Pigeon. Learn how to draw Dave, listen to a reading from the first book and learn a bit more about this fantastic author & illustrator team.

Activity Sheets

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Swapna Haddow is the multi award-winning children’s author of the Dave Pigeon series, which has received rave reviews since first publishing in 2016 and went on to win three regional awards in the UK and was shortlisted for the prestigious Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award. Swapna loves to write about boisterous animals that cause mayhem and has also written the Bad…

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