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Real Pigeons Fight Crime

(Real Pigeons #1)

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Ever wonder why pigeons act so weird? Because they are secretly chasing bad guys and flying around saving your butt! This hilarious illustrated series is perfect for fans of BAD GUYS and DOG MAN.

What do REAL PIGEONS do? They fight crime, of course! Wait, what? You didn't know your town is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting feathered friends? Well, you are about
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published February 23rd 2018)
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Paige Green
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Author: Andrew McDonald

Illustrator: Ben Wood

Book Series: Real Pigeons Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

Genre: Children’s Comic/Mystery

Recommended Age: 10+ (mysteries and crime stopping pigeons)

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 208

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Synopsis: Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys
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Kathleen
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Topnotch pigeon fiction--highly recommend.
Anna Davidson
Super fun book about a crazy gang of pigeons who get up to all kinds of adventures. Part mystery, part adventure, totally hilarious stories.
Nay Denise
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC copy for review.

This was such a quick and fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Rock and the Real Pigeon crew as they solved crimes in the city. I was pulled in from the first page all the way to the end. I enjoyed Rock, the master of disguise, and how determined he was to always help out the animals he met. He was a comical character.

Also on the crime-fighting pigeon team: Frillback who was a super strong female pigeon, Tumbler who was known for her ability to bend and fo
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Scottsdale Public Library
Who would have thought that a ragtag bunch of pigeons would be a hilarious group of crime fighters? Well in this book, they most certainly are and the results will entertain kids and adults alike, while tickling their funny bone. With great illustrations, this will be certain to attract kiddos just getting into chapter books. – Jen K.
Olivia
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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REAL PIGEONS FIGHT CRIME is a hilarious and entertaining cross between graphic novel and picture book. The book is told in three parts, with each being its own inclusive story with a conclusion. The Real Pigeons are crime fighters who recruit Rock from off the farm for his ability as a master of disguise. The team solves crimes in the city in a way that is delightfully fun.

The images are sketched with plenty of comedy and animals. These pigeons are unbelievably expressive, and this will make the
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Rebecca
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great new illustrated series for independent readers featuring ‘Rock’ - pigeon, adventurer, master of disguise.

In three inter-connected stories Rock and his new crime-fighting friends solve the crimes affecting his new home: a city park.

With crows, bats and photographers Rock and his ‘Real Pigeons’ keep the park free of mischief.

The final story is explosive and there is some great phrases and language for younger readers.

My favourite feature of this first book in the series would h
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Susan
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-series
Fun addition to the world of early chapter highly illustrated fiction. Easy recommendation for kids who like Bad Guys, etc. The book is long- broken up into three separate acts. Parents will likely appreciate this. Wasn't my favorite, but I appreciated the interior design. The illustrations, while wild and wacky, did not detract from the easy readability of the text in its well-chosen font and size. ...more
Erin Lindsay McCabe
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
OK, so *I* haven’t read this book, but my kid (age almost-8) got it last night and is already on p. 114. He got home from school today and picked it right back up. “I love this book,” he said. So there you have it. Perfect for kids who liked Bad Guys and Captain Underpants.
Tina
The kiddo and I both enjoyed it. Not anything incredibly profound (OK we are obviously quite spoiled by the HiLo books), but funny stuff.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Real Pigeons Fight Crime (Real Pigeons, #1) by Andrew McDonald, illustrated by Ben Wood, 197 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL Random House, 2018. $14.

Content: G

BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Rock the pigeon is recruited to a crime solving-gang of pigeons. Homey, Tumbler, Frillback and Rock are led by the more mature pigeon Grandpouter and help solve problems. In part one, the pigeons solve why there isn’t breadcrumbs at the park anymore. In part two, they uncover who is tra
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Tim Armstrong
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Seriously loved this fun book. Wonderfully written with great wit that kids are going to love.
Hopefully will become standard fodder for all children, especially reluctant readers as this is another example that books can be fun, as well as imaginative. A fabulous starting point for any reader!! I want more.
Marisa Pintado
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, australian, 2018
I love this hilariously silly and very pure series about crime-fighting pigeons. It has everything – a flamboyant master of disguise as our lead, THREE deceptively simple but gripping mysteries, and the naughtiest baddies you've ever seen (who definitely get their comeuppance). Perfect for kids as young as 5, but entertaining for any age group! ...more
S.Q. Eries
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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Melissa
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the big city there's no shortage of mysteries for a squad of crime-fighting pigeons (code name: Real Pigeons).  We open with Rock, a farm-loving pigeon who is being recruited for his mastery of disguise.  Our hero travels to the big city to join the gang and life is suddenly full of adventures, friends, and bread crumbs.The story is told in three parts, each one with short chapters and a new mystery, making this an easy-to-digest book despite its large size. Readers are privy to Rock's though ...more
Elisquared
A book that is perfect for reluctant readers, Real Pigeons Fight Crime is a fast-paced, hijinks-filled romp, following a team of crime fighting pigeons as they solve one mystery after another in this chapter book hybrid.

Bold drawings accompany engaging text, as Rock, the new recruit to this crime-fighting squad started by Grandpouter Pigeon, leads the charge with his ability of disguise. The pigeons encounter a "haunted" park, a bat trapper, and some danger at a food truck rally. Each of these e
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Ken Williams
Real Pigeons do what?
They fight crime, keep the streets safe and save your butts.
Wow, I thought pigeons just looked weird and did bird stuff. But after reading this book I now know so much more about how awesome pigeons are. Real Pigeons are Real Funny

An old pigeon named Grandpouter recruits a crack squad of super pigeons to fight crime. They are:
Rock – a master of disguise and attitude, dressing up to fight bad guys.
Frillback – super strong, sausage eating, crime fighting hero.
Homey – super he
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BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved: The illustrations in this book were AWESOME! They were fun and quirky, and really made me just want to look at each one!

How I Felt: Real Pigeons Fight Crime was just a ton of fun to read! I read this book and also had my 8 year old son read it. We both agreed it was a 5 star read! The pages fairly illustration-heavy making this a great book for a young reader just starting chapter books, but it’s also great for a higher level reader as well!

The story was fast-paced and hilarious. R
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Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
“Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts!”

Rock Pigeon’s idyllic life in the countryside changes when Grandpouter Pigeon invites him to join his crimefighting squad in the big city. With his talent in disguise, he joins the acrobatic Tumbler, strong Frillback, and super-finder Homey, each of which is named after a real species of pigeon (check out the cool facts in the back), as they solve three mysteries: missing brea
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Danielle Booey
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Fans of Bad Guys will love this series about Crime Fighting pigeons with some very special skills. Rock is a master of disguise, Fill is strong, Homey can find anyone or anything, Tumbler is incredibly bendy, and Grandpouter is the wise old pigeon who brings them all together to fight crime.

Three silly adventures make up the first book in the series. First, the pigeons must find out what is causing all the bread crumbs to disappear from their park, in the second story they must figure out who or
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Emily
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-chapter
Pretty sure this is going to be hugely popular, especially with the The Bad Guys: Episode 1 crowd, because this is kind of like a trying-too-hard version of that. It's too long (why not three books if you have three separate plots????), the font isn't my favorite (it's cramped and kind of hard to read sometimes), and the humor didn't really appeal to me (the naked pigeon butt at the end will absolutely get laughs from the target audience, but it just weirded me out). I don't think this will be d ...more
WhatBookNext .com
Rock Pigeon loves to dress up. Is it a rabbit? Is it a chicken? Or is it a pile of leaves? No – it’s Rock Pigeon!

When an old pigeon (Granpouter Pigeon) approaches Rock about his disguise skills for a top secret Pigeon Crime Fighting Squad, Rock isn’t sure. But he’s soon working with two other pigeons, Homey & Frillback on three separate cases.

Why aren’t there any animals and people in the park?

Who is capturing all the bats?

What is ticking in a boy’s bag at the Food Fair?

Fans of the series Bad Gu
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Lenoire
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever passed by a gaggle of pigeons and wonder what they are doing?  Why do the pigeons act so weird? It's because they are secretly fighting crime. The park and its visitors are protected by a group of pigeons that fight evildoers. They help solve mysteries and ensure everyone is safe.

 The illustrated book was a fun and delightful read. The book had three mini-stories with a conclusion but, each story was tied to each other. I found the illustrations to be fun especially, seeing the antics of ea
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Alicia
My kids didn't really like this one overly much. It got a little chuckle on the second page, and that was sadly about it. I did think my son would love it (being a huge fan of the Mo Willems pigeon books when he was younger) but he was indifferent. I liked how elements of the story rolled over into the next story line, and the ridiculous costumes were a hit.
It's amusing, and well drawn, but not something that's going to be a household favourite.
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Sandy
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this book with a lower elementary child's opinion in mind because I think younger kids will enjoy it. As an adult, I personally didn't care for it - lot's of cheesiness, not particularly clever, and seemed like the author was trying too hard for laughs (although I did laugh out loud a few times). I did like the illustrations and I think the concept is fun, but it's not the type of book that appeals to children and adults. ...more
Kristen
I think the intended audience will really enjoy this. It's full of zany pigeons solving mysteries, and for kids who like Dog Man or are looking for a silly chapter book this will work well. The illustrations are great, and the amount of text on the page makes it a great choice for young readers who are fairly new to chapter books, but I think the humor and content would still appeal to upper elementary readers as well. ...more
Bella
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My kids love this series. I would have liked to see more female main characters, but my kids give up screen time to read these books so I'll cope! I helped them read this one and one of the details I really liked is that the characters are based on real pigeons.

The author and illustrator have some fun videos to go with the books: https://realpigeons.com/the-super-coo..."

I highly recommend this for kids who've just learnt to read and are looking for something a bit more challenging.
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Alexis
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Andrew McDonald and Random House for sharing this book with the Lit Review Crew in exchange for an honest review. Fans of Aaron Blabey's Bad Guys will love Real Pigeons Fight Crime. I loved the pigeons...they had me rolling...and I loved the short mysteries they had to solve. I also enjoyed the central focus being on Rock, but that the others got a lot of features as well. Such a fun story and look forward to the next books. ...more
Haylee Collins
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absurd and hilarious collection of stories. Found the sort of comic vibe super engaging and the little annotations and asides added to the hilarity. I'd love more stories about Jungle Crow and Mega Bat! And the pigeon characters genuinely stayed with me and made me pay attention to the antics of actual pigeons. ...more
Jennifer
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who would have thought that a ragtag bunch of pigeons would be a hilarious group of crime fighters? Well in this book, they most certainly are and the results will entertain kids and adults alike, while tickling their funny bone. With great illustrations, this will be certain to attract kiddos just getting into chapter books.
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