The Real Poop on Pigeons!
TOON Level 1
Giggle and Learn
Published by: TOON Books
Imprint: TOON Books
Did you know a pigeon can fly faster than a car and farther than a small airplane? Or that they have something unusual in common with penguins, flamingos, and even the dodo? With his trademark mix of humor, well-researched facts, and artistry, Kevin McCloskey delivers the straight poop on these humble creatures, which turn out to be...coo, coo, COOL!
Kevin McCloskey, who teaches illustration at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, learned about pigeons from Vinnie Torre, one of Hoboken’s last pigeon racers. He dedicated this book to his children, even if his daughter is a little skittish on the subject since a flock of pigeons descended on the family during a visit to London’s Trafalgar Square. He says he considered painting the pictures here on roofing material (because pigeons flock to roofs) but settled instead for painting on a pigeon-blue Fabriano paper, the kind used by Picasso.
Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children's Books of the Year 2017
Chicago Public Library’s "Best of the Best" 2016
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2017: Science, Technology, and the Natural World
"Budding naturalists who dug We Dig Worms! will, well, coo over this similarly enlightening accolade . . . Another feather in McCloskey's cap." - Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
". . . smoothly mixing naturalism with offbeat visual humor." - Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
"Funny and informative, this attractive work of graphic nonfiction offers emerging comics readers an intriguing look at a commonly dismissed and ignored animal." - School Library Journal
"A playful and informative take on the ubiquitous, under-appreciated pigeon." - Booklist
"This paean to the worm is a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun." - New York Times
"Delivered with a sense of gusto and humor." - Comics Worth Reading
"This 36-page book for first readers teaches humorous and fascinating facts about those cooing birds that every child sees almost every day." - Fred Patten Reviews