By Atinuke
Illustrated by Birgitta Sif

A Parisian pigeon passionate about people makes a new friend with gentle themes of community and inclusivity.

Hugo the pigeon has an important job. He looks after the park and everyone who lives there. Everyone except for the Somebody whose curtains are never open. But one day, Hugo is so busy doing his showing-off dance that he doesn't see the dog approaching ... and Somebody has to fly to the rescue! A charming story about community and the value of friendship, beautifully brought to life by Birgitta Sif's energetic illustrations.

  • Themes of friendship, being brave and fostering a community spirit are given a light touch in this sweet story.
  • Atinuke writes with such warmth about community spirit. Her Baby Goes to Market is critically acclaimed and prize-winning.
  • Birgitta Sif was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Oliver, and here she brings a sense of joie de vivre to her chic illustrations.

About the author

Atinuke was born in Nigeria and spent her childhood in both Africa and the UK. As a traditional oral storyteller, drawing upon her recent Yoruba ancestry, she visits schools and theatres all over the world. Atinuke is the author of the bestselling Anna Hibiscus fiction series, as well as the No. 1 Car Spotter series, and the picture books Baby Goes to Market and B Is for Baby illustrated by Angela Brooksbank. Atinuke lives on a mountain overlooking the sea in west Wales and supports the charity SOS Children's Village. Birgitta Sif has illustrated a number of picture book titles including The Tall Man and the Small Mouse, written by Mara Bergman, Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats, written by Alicia Potter, and Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing, written by Hiawyn Oram. She is also the author-illustrator of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted Oliver, and Frances Dean Who Loved To Dance and Dance, both of which were endorsed by Amnesty International. Born in Iceland, Birgitta lived in and around Scandinavia and America while growing up, and now lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram as @birgittasif.

ISBN: 9781406394306
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: June 2, 2021
Dimensions: 220 x 288mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 08/06/21 at 03:04:50
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