Saturday, 7 January 2017

Super Success for Swapna

One of my highlights of 2016 was reading debut author Swapna Haddow's Dave Pigeon book. One of my first comments after reading the book was, 'Dave would make an awesome series.' Well, obviously the publishers agreed because the next Dave Pigeon book is out soon and I can't wait to read it. I particularly love the illustrations of Dave, Sheena Dempsey is so marvellously talented.


Swapna writes:

I'm delighted to be celebrating lots of Dave Pigeon news. The last eight months since the launch of DAVE PIGEON: HOW TO DEAL WITH BAD CATS AND KEEP (MOST OF) YOUR FEATHERS have been a whirlwind of wonderful reviews, fantastic school visits, brilliant workshops and meeting lots of inspiring readers. Our summer of fun was topped off with Awesome Autumn when we found out that Dave Pigeon had been not only been included in the Booktrust’s Great Books Guide for 2016, but also that the book was the winner of the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards in the Read Aloud category and shortlisted for both the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards and the Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award.

And as if that wasn’t enough, it is with great joy that I can reveal here the cover of the next Dave Pigeon book: DAVE PIGEON (NUGGETS!). Brilliantly illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, this second Dave Pigeon adventure follows pigeons Dave and Skipper in their battle against an evil worse than cats as they work out how not to get plucked, minced, roasted and served up with ketchup. Out in February 2017, Dave and Skipper will be making it onto bookshop shelves with as many feathers as they can hold on to.

Once I'd caught my breath, we celebrated our pigeontastic year with a Dave Pigeon inspired Christmas, thanks to 40 metres of leftover Dave Pigeon bunting from the launch party. There were pigeon-approved croissants for breakfast and doughnuts for lunch. Pigeon nuggets were most definitely off the menu.

Dave Pigeon: How to Deal with Bad Cats and Keep (most of) Your Feathers is out now. Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!) is out in February 2017.

Publisher: Faber&Faber
Twitter: @SwapnaHaddow
Website: swapnahaddow.co.uk

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