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.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406379297
  • Published: 02 Apr 2020
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 288 x 220 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'With themes of community and the value of friendship, this book is beautifully brought to life by enchanting and warm illustrations. A lovely story for those looking to introduce little ones to subtle themes of inclusivity in the place that they live.' Parent Talk

'Perfect to discuss emotions such as shyness, compassion and loneliness, this heart-warming picture book beautifully celebrates the power of friendship. Full of detail and gentle humour the luminous illustrations add additional depth to the narrative.' Booktrust

'This picturebook with sweet illustrations in dreamy colours tells the warm story of a friendship between a little Parisian girl and a park-warden pigeon, Hugo.' The Sunday Times & The Sunday Times Ireland

'Hugo is such a wonderful story, with equally beautiful illustrations, showing children that friends can be found all over and with all kinds of people. It shows that it’s good to reach out to the people around you and the importance of community. I think now more than ever that’s a really strong message.' Me, Him, the Dog and the Baby

'A sweet picture book that tells a warm story about caring for others.' The Sunday Times

'Featured in The School Librarian’s ‘Under 8’ section.' The School Librarian

'The illustrations bring Hugo’s park to life, with detailed drawings of the changing seasons and the neighbourhood’s many characters.' Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself

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