Any bird can find adventure. Even Gary. Now in paperback!
Gary the pigeon can't fly. When his racing pigeon friends head off in their travel basket, Gary stays at home. He organises his scrapbook of travel mementos and dreams about the adventures the other pigeons are having. But when Gary accidentally ends up a very long way from home, he discovers that flying is not the only way to have adventures. A story for birds who dare to dream.
Leila Rudge was born in England. She moved to Australia after completing an Illustration Degree at Bath Spa University. Creating tiny characters for books is her favourite part of illustrating. In 2012, her book No Bears (written by Meg McKinlay) was short-listed for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year award in both the Picture Book and Early Childhood categories. Ted, her first picture book as both author and illustrator, was a CBCA Notable Book.
Gary has a quiet, wry humour that really shines in Rudge’s depiction of the birds… Perfect for children aged two to five, this little pigeon can encourage children to look beyond limitations and embrace their differences.
The full sized illustrations are clear and colourful, and the author’s use of collage adds a fun dimension to this book.
How he uses his scrapbook to find his way home again is a delightful, plausible story for young readers of about 3-6 years.
Janet Croft Reviews
A fabulous picture book for sheer at-home enjoyment, but a priceless resource for teachers and librarians, as they bridge the gap between the ‘abled’ and ‘disabled’ parts of children’s inner and outer worlds, and help harness the unlimited wonder of honing the imagination.
Kids' Book Review
The illustrations in this book were beautiful, and the muted tones really suited the story. This book is perfect for young children and I have found myself reaching for it on more than one occasion.
Creative Kids Tales
This will be one of those books in the library where children will cluster around to hear it read out loud, thinking about how Gary can possibly get home, or dreaming of their own big adventure.
Gary, with his scrapbook and ingenuity of travel, will be much loved. Highly recommended for all, especially lovers of maps, birds, and travel.
A delightful fun picture storybook with lovely illustrations.
Collins Chirnside Book Chat
I loved the whole package; adored gorgeous, clever Gary, and admired his innovative ideas.
Early readers and adults will be charmed by Gary
This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. Starred review
This book is such a great story to use for teaching children about difference and thinking outside the standards of the ‘social norm’.
This is a gorgeous little story about not fitting in, about going on unplanned adventures, and about perseverance and determination.
100% Rock Magazine
A lovely picture book that’s wonderful to read to young children.
The artwork is a delight to look at.
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