Reader Reviewed Dave Pigeon (Nuggets) by Swapna Haddow

Dave Pigeon (Nuggets)

Written by Swapna Haddow
Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
Part of the Dave Pigeon Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: pigeontastic comedy capers with Dave and Skipper | Things are not looking good for pigeons Dave and Skipper. The Human Lady who feeds them has gone on holiday leaving them easy prey to the devious Reginald Grimster, a man with an irrational hatred of pigeons dating back to his schooldays (a pigeon pooed on him). Soon Skipper is a prisoner, along with lots of other pigeons, as Grimster gets ready to turn them into nuggets. Narrated by Dave, with frequent interjections by Skipper, this is totally nutty, totally original and a hoot from start to finish. With frequent illustrations, and pages of speech bubble dialogue it’s particular fun for gaining reading confidence. Don’t stop the pigeon! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Robert, age 7 - 'Without a doubt a really good laugh out loud book!'
  • Rebecca Urquhart, age 7 - 'I liked this book because it was funny. The pictures are funny too.'
  • Emma and Sam, age 6 Radford - 'We love it!  The illustrations are excellent. It is a witty and intriguing novel, and we both genuinely care about the characters.'
  • Diya Budhdeo, age 7 - 'Very original book about a pigeon’s world...hilarious. Loved it.'
  • Robyn Chorley, age 8 - 'A very funny book that had me laughing all the way through!'
  • Daniel Smith, age 5 - 'I liked the speech bubbles when Dave and Skipper talked to each other.  They are the funniest bit of the book.'
  • Amatullah Khatun, age 6 - 'The comic-like illustrations just take this already hilarious book to another level. A brilliant book which you must get for your children to read.'
  • Lucy, age 6 - 'Dave Pigeon is really funny and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I couldn't wait to find out if they got away at the end or if they got made into Pigeon Nuggets!'


Dave Pigeon (Nuggets) by Swapna Haddow

This book is in Pigeonese. The following words are a test: cats smell of farts and cabbage. Could you read all the words? Are you sure? Do you want to try that fourth word again? If you managed to read ALL those words, you may turn the page...

Dave Pigeon is BACK! And so is his side-kick Skipper. But trouble is afoot. When their Human Lady leaves to go on a 'holiday' (whatever that is), Dave and Skipper are horrified to find that their food supply quickly runs dry. With delicious biscuits on their minds, they set off in search of a new owner - but is Reginald Grimster all he seems? Why is he so keen on feeding them? And why does he have so many books about cooking...?

Another hilarious installment in the Dave Pigeon series from Greenhouse Funny Prize winner Swapna Haddow, brilliantly brought to life with Sheena Dempsey's illustrations.


Swapna Haddow has devised an original new character in Dave Pigeon, who’s not the cleverest at working out plans, and the dialogue between Dave and Skipper is very funny. Sheena Dempsey’s illustrations are perfect for bringing the story alive and the layout including lots of use of speech bubbles makes this a really enjoyable read for children just moving into chapter books. Books for Keeps

This book will be adored by newly independent readers as it promises 'no boring bits'. 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

Children will, undoubtedly, love this unusual approach which will have them giggling throughout, if not laughing out loud. The Bookbag

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

just so you know, it’s crazy, funny, quite unexpected and a little bit cliff-hangery! So watch out for Dave Pigeon 2, due for release next year. And as for my love of cats. Well … I am now an official crazy pigeon lady. Book Monsters

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

About the Author

Swapna Haddow was the winner of the Greenhouse Funny prize 2014. She is the author of the Dave Pigeon books, including How to Deal with Bad Cats and Keep (Most of) your Feathers and a further one, coming in 2017. Swapna lives in London with her husband and son and their pet hamster Gary. When she's not writing she is usually reading, dreaming about living on a boat or eating Jaffa Cakes.

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176 pages


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

2nd February 2017




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