Gary by Leila Rudge
Published by Walker Books
The innocuously titled Gary captured my interest from the very first page. Gary is a homing pigeon who loves adventure and filling his scrapbook with a collection of travel mementos. However, Gary can't fly - which as you can imagine is quite a problem for a homing pigeon with a penchant for travel. Or is it? Gary lives vicariously through his fellow racing pigeons who enjoy detailing about their flight paths.
One day Gary accidentally falls into a basket with the pigeons and soon finds himself far from home and feeling a bit lost. Gary soon picks himself up and is determined to find his way back home, just like his fellow pigeons. Using his travel book and the details he has gleaned from the other pigeons he starts to feel a little bit lost in the city and before long, and a public transport or two, he manages to return home in time for supper.
Gary is a story of adventure and overcoming all odds, for "Gary couldn't fly. But Gary had been everywhere!" A fabulous tale of using what is available to you and not giving up despite any perceived shortcomings, a "story for birds who dare to dream".
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.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Leila Rudge
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: May 2016