Reader Reviewed Pigeon P.I. by Meg McLaren

Pigeon P.I.

Written by Meg McLaren
Illustrated by Meg McLaren

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Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

Murray McMurray is a private eye in the Philip Marlowe tradition – laconic, cool, sharp. I’d say he’s hard-boiled, only this PI is a pigeon and it seems impolite. When a gorgeous blonde chick shows up asking for his help Murray is reluctant to get involved, but when she disappears he goes to the rescue; just as well, the local police are a bunch of birdbrains. Highly original and lots of fun Meg McLaren’s second picture book is full of jokes, verbal and visual, that will entertain readers of all ages and her Pigeon PI and his feathered friends are irresistible characters. ~ 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.

  • Kaiden Smith, age 5 - 'A fantastic book to read on your own or with someone. Well written book with colourful pictures.'
  • Ethan Watkin, age 9 - 'This book feels nice and is well illustrated and the pictures are used to assist the story. The main character Pigeon PI is funny and it leads to an exciting ending.'
  • Molly, age 3 - 'Quirky and different, Pigeon P.I. is a crime mystery for youngsters to discover...'
  • Will Davies, age 4 - 'Gorgeous pictures and the story is great but the writing doesn't flow very well.'


Pigeon P.I. by Meg McLaren

Pigeon private investigator Murray just wants to take things easy, but when kind-hearted Vee starts to sing like a canary (after all, she is a canary) he can't hold out. Murray agrees to find the feather thief who has kidnapped her friends, but his change of heart comes too late: now Vee herself has gone missing. Can Murray find the mysterious feather thief and save his new friend, or is her goose cooked?


It won't be a mystery when this highly enjoyable picture book disappears from your shelves. Booklist, starred review

Pigeon P.I. demands from the very first word that you channel your inner Humphrey Bogart and give it the full film noir voiceover effect... A cracking read. Glasgow Herald

This story of mystery and friendship presented in McLaren's intricate visual style will delight both children and adults as they discover the hidden details and jokes within each illustration BookTrust

This noirish avian crime caper is another distinctive turn from a rising star, rich in visual jokes and detail -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide

About the Author

Meg McLaren

Meg McLaren graduated from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Printmaker, illustrator and unapologetic Hercule Poirot aficionado, she now lives in Inverness (where she is trying to rebuild her natural Scots' resolve against the cold) with her other half Jon and their impressive Lego collection.

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40 pages


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st March 2018




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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