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Dave Pigeon: Bookshop Mayhem

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Written by: Swapna Haddow
Illustrated by: Sheena Dempsey
Publisher: Faber

£1 World Book Day offering from the super duo who brought you the multi-award-winning Dave Pigeon and Bad Panda series!

Dave Pigeon and his trusty sidekick, Skipper, are on the hunt for biscuits, as per usual. Biscuits and good stories. Where better to go than a bookshop? Surely there’ll be a healthy supply of both…

Only, pigeons aren’t exactly welcome in bookshops. Feather-flapping chaos ensues with inevitably hilarious results!

A laugh-out-loud story featuring a much-loved character, Dave Pigeon, which promotes a love of bookshops and their Human Booksellers and encourages children to get reading.

With funny black and white illustrations throughout, this is perfect for emerging readers. Over 70,000 copies of the series sold so far!


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The £1/€1.50 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs, NCBI, RNIB and Calibre Audio. If you require one of these formats, please get in touch with the following contact numbers closer to World Book Day:

RNIB – Braille & audio versions (UK) 0303 123 9999
Guide Dogs – Large print (UK) 0345 143 1000
Calibre Audio – Audio versions (UK) 01296 432 339
NCBI – Braille, audio, large print (Ireland) 01 8642266 (or email

    About the Author

    Swapna Haddow

    Swapna Haddow is the multi award-winning children’s author of the Dave Pigeon series, published by Faber & Faber. The Dave Pigeon series has received rave reviews since first publishing in 2016 and went on to win three regional awards in the UK and was shortlisted for the prestigious Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award.

    Swapna loves to write about boisterous animals that cause mayhem and is working with Faber & Faber, Stripes Publishing, Scholastic, Oxford University Press and Macmillan to make sure mean cats, grizzly bears and big-hearted little rabbits find their place on the bookshelves. Friendship and humour are always at the heart of what she loves to write.

    Swapna also writes the Ballet Bunnies series, illustrated by Binny Talib and published by Oxford University Press, under the pseudonym ‘Swapna Reddy’.

    Swapna lives in New Zealand with her husband and son, and their dog, Archie. When she’s not writing she is usually reading, dreaming about living on a boat or eating Jaffa Cakes.


    Swapna Haddow

    About the Illustrator

    Sheena Dempsey

    Sheena Dempsey

    Sheena Dempsey is a children’s book illustrator from Cork, Ireland. She has illustrated over thirty books for children over the last decade including the award-winning Dave Pigeon series and Bad Panda series, both written by Swapna Haddow. Swapna and Sheena were dubbed a ‘dream team’ by the Guardian in 2021. Sheena has also illustrated Yoga Babies and Hungry Babies by Fearne Cotton as well as a best-selling mindfulness picture book series for the Irish market by Niall Breslin. She is also the illustrator of the Mermaid School young fiction series by Lucy Courtenay. She lives in Folkestone, Kent with her husband Mick and their adorable greyhound Jeremy.


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