A spotlight on Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Real Pigeons Fight Crime is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize.

Here’s everything you need to know about this madcap mystery with feathered friends.


‘Real Pigeons Fight Crime introduces a dynamic crime-fighting team: Grandpouter is the patriarch in charge of superstrong Frillback, extra-bendy Tumbler, navigational expert Homey and the newest recruit, Rock, a master of disguise. Together they solve mysteries and defend the city against threats both great and small. In a trio of adventures, the team search for the missing breadcrumbs, investigate bat-nappings from the park, and rescue an imperilled food-truck fair. Each adventure tests the courage, ingenuity and teamwork of the Real Pigeons.

These fun, accessible and entertaining stories are packed with lively illustrations, clever wordplay, hilarious sight-gags and loads of pigeon personality. This is the first book in an exciting series that newly independent readers will adore.’

Freya Howarth, Chair of the judging panel

Watch out for…

Book two, Real Pigeons Eat Danger is available now. Book three, Real Pigeons Nest Hard, will be published in May.

Who should read this book?

Young children who love jokes, puns, light-hearted capers and a touch of the absurd will relish in this hilarious set of mysteries starring this unique feathered team of crime-fighters. Visually minded readers will also lap up the highly distinctive and well-integrated comics-style illustrations. For ages 6 and up.

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Meet the author…

Andrew McDonald is a reader and writer of books for young readers. He is a regular presenter on the school circuit and has appeared on panels and in workshops at the Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. He has previously judged the Young Adult category of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Centre for Youth Literature’s Inky Awards. Real Pigeons Fight Crime is his third book.

Ben Wood is a children’s illustrator, who creates engaging illustrations that resonate with readers young and old. Ben has really let loose in the Real Pigeons series, and has woven illustrations throughout the story in a really fun way.


The winner of the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize will be announced in mid-April.

Read more about the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2019 shortlist here.

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